Julian Simon Battles Ongoing Leg Troubles To Finish Strong 12th
The Misano Moto2 race saw Stefan Bradl shoot off from pole and Marc Márquez chase him down, in moves that were to be expected in the intermediate class. However, there were plenty of surprises as Scott Redding joined in the battle from the second lap. Márquez, Bradl, Iannone and Redding put down some fearsomely fast laps, but there was no clear leader amongst the group. It would come down to the finish in a breathtaking San Marino Grand Prix, with Márquez taking the win ahead of Bradl and Iannone.
MAPFFRE Aspar rider Julián Simón had a strong race at Misano. Fighting against problems with his troublesome right leg for the entire weekend, the Spaniard had set himself the target of finishing the San Marino Grand Prix after a difficult series of practice sessions. It was the same goal established last weekend at Indianapolis, and he again managed to come through. He completed the 26 laps in twelfth position.
Teammate Jordi Torres was unable to participate in the Misano round, having suffered a big crash on Saturday afternoon. An injury to his right little finger ruled him out of action, as doctors advised him to sit out the San Marino race. He will now assess the treatment options for the injury in Madrid, alongside Dr. Ángel Villamor.
12th Julián Simón:
“I fought hard with Rabat on the final laps, and in the end he pulled a good pass on me. My aim was to finish the weekend in a fun way, after some problems beforehand. It was a difficult race in the beginning, as I wanted to gain positions and thought that I had the pace for seventh or eighth. Misano is a very twisty circuit and demands a lot of hard braking. My main handicap this weekend was that I didn’t have enough strength to be able to steer tightly. I had some pain in the race, but I am satisfied with having taken the chequered flag. Twelfth is a good result, bearing in mind my physical condition, and this race allows us to carry on gaining confidence and getting back into the swing of the championship. I will try to heal up my leg a bit more this weekend and see if I can be fitter for Aragón, or whether I should take another decision to help me fully recover.”
Jordi Torres (DNS):
“The weekend started well, as on Friday afternoon we were already going fast and yesterday morning I placed fourteenth. Things were looking good. I made a mistake in qualifying and paid the price with a hole in my right little finger. Luckily I had no other injuries. I hardly feel any pain, but the doctor said that I have to rest up, because I lost a lot of skin and the tendon could have been damaged if I forced things. I will head to Madrid tomorrow and see what Dr. Ángel Villamor thinks will be the best route to recovery. I feel good about the improvements that we keep on making, but I also feel bad for the team for not having rewarded them with a good result.”
Source: Aspar Media