Hard Day’s Racing For Aspar Moto2 Squad At Aragon

 In Moto2, News

The Moto2 race at Motorland was perhaps the best of the day in terms of action, with a great contest eventually won by Marc Márquez. The Spaniard needed almost half the race to shake off Scott Redding, and the likes of Redding, Bradl, Iannone, Corsi and Márquez provided an entertaining battle further back. It was a spectacular race right to the end, with a home victory for the Spanish fans.

MAPFRE Aspar rider Julián Simón continued with his fightback from injury at Motorland. His right leg is still causing him problems, despite a phenomenal performance in qualifying on Saturday. Difficulties with his rear brake control meant that it would be a tough time for the Spaniard at his home round, and he had to improvise his lines in order to stay upright. Seventeenth place was a creditable result for Simón under the circumstances, and tomorrow he will head to the USP Clinic to see Dr. Ángel Villamor. If surgery is the best way to treat the injury, then a procedure will take place this week.

Jordi Torres once again had a positive race, but also had trouble with his opening laps. He lost positions in the early going, but finally crossed the line in twentiefth.

Elena Rosell made history in completing the race, becoming the first Spanish female to take the chequered flag at a GP. She rode a solitary race and placed thirty-third, having had only ten days of Moto2 riding experience to her name previously.

17th Julián Simón:
“My leg didn’t cause me too many problems, but I still don’t have complete sensitivity with the rear brake. I will talk with Dr. Villamor tomorrow in order to clarify the situation, but this was something that I had planned beforehand. The race was hard; normally the chasing pack in this class is very combative. I want to congratulate Marc Márquez, because he has overcome a disadvantage in the standings and shown that he is very talented. I need to have patience now. If I need to stop for a while in order to get back to 100%, then that is what I will do. I want to thank the team once again for their support and their tremendous patience, as thanks to them my situation is a lot more bearable.”

20th Jordi Torres:
“It is a pity that we didn’t get our set-up exactly as we wanted. I once again paid the price for lacking aggression on the opening laps, because I didn’t fully trust the bike on cold tyres. I should have more confidence in myself, because I am losing too many positions on the opening laps. Once I overcome my nerves, I can regain positions, and that is what I did today to finish 20th. I was upping my pace continuously, but riding on my own meant that I couldn’t quite catch the group ahead of me. I couldn’t slipstream with so much wind, and that was a big disadvantage. I would have liked to have finished a little higher up, but this is the World Championship and nobody gifts anything. We have to carry on working hard to gain more experience.”

33rd Elena Rosell:
“I am very happy with how the weekend went and how we have progressed. I didn’t make any mistakes this time, which is positive. I have taken a lot of confidence from this race for the next time I compete in the World Championship. This race was quite a lot longer than what I am used to, so I focused on maintaining my pace. I followed the Qatari rider as a reference, and gradually getting closer gave me more motivation. It didn’t feel like a long race at all, because I was really enjoying myself. The only problem was the wind, and I personally have problems riding in the wind. I am very satisfied, and I hope to repeat this experience soon.”

Source: Aspar Media

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