Terol: “I Want To Make Sure Misano Victory Is Mine”
Following a short visit to the USA the MotoGP World Championship returns to Europe this weekend for the San Marino Grand Prix, the second round of the season to take place on Italian soil and the twelfth in all for the minor category. As always it promises to be a frenetic final stage of the season with several races linked together and very little time for rest. In the 125cc class the daylight that had been closed at the top of the championship at Brno was opened up again at Indianapolis as the series leader reestablished his authority. Misano is almost identical in length to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and just as flat, although with a less technical layout the racing should prove to be closer.
BANKIA Aspar rider Nico Terol will go there with the aim of repeating his feat at the Brickyard, where he broke the field and took a dominant victory to extend his championship advantage to 26 points. The Spaniard has been on the podium for the past two years at Misano. After struggling to adapt to the Indianapolis circuit on a 125 Héctor Faubel is looking forward to Misano, a circuit he knows perfectly well, whilst the BANKIA Aspar team’s youngest rider Adrián Martín’s target is to back up his impressive progress in practice with a solid race to the finish.
“Myself and the team did a perfect job again at Indianapolis and the objective is to continue in this way and try to win every race. If we keep doing things right we will be competitive but we cannot afford to switch off because as we saw at Brno your rivals can be on top of you at the slightest opportunity. I have been on the podium for the past two seasons at Misano – I like the circuit and it is not too demanding. I think that will bring everybody a bit closer together but for us the win at Indianapolis was a big boost and the goal in Italy is to fight for another one. Apart from a few pieces of bad luck at certain races we are having a great season and we have to keep going like this. My style is well suited to Misano – last year I escaped with Márquez and even though I lost touch with him at the end I want to make sure the victory is mine this time.”
“The result at Indianapolis wasn’t exactly what we had hoped for. We had a plan that was wiped out by the tyre problems but I am going to Misano with plenty of morale and I think it is a track we can perform well at. We saw again at Indianapolis that our engine is solid and we are working in the right way with the set-up. We could do with improving the front a little more so that we don’t put as much stress on the front tyre but I think the problems last Sunday were down to the track and we won’t suffer with that this weekend. I really like Misano and I hope we can get a good result there.”
“We are a little lost at the moment because even though we are working really well we are struggling to finish races. I am staying calm because we have a good set-up and the other day we tried some new parts in the engine that worked well. We are not having much luck but we are not going to throw the towel in – we are here to work and I am sure that sooner or later the results will start to come. We have changed our working plan and now I ride alone in practice to get my references myself. Sooner or later we will come out of this unfortunate run.”
Source: Aspar Media