Title Favourite Terol Heads To Japan “Concentrating On The Job In Hand”
For the second successive season the Grand Prix of Japan will go ahead this weekend despite being postponed due to the effects of a natural disaster. Whilst last year it was a volcanic ash cloud that prevented the teams from travelling east, this year it was the devastating effects of an earthquake and tsunami although six months on this important event will finally take place. For the 125cc class this will be the fourteenth round of seventeen and it sees series leader Nico Terol in unstoppable form, with three wins on the bounce and everything in his favour for the BANKIA Aspar rider to wrap up the title before the end of the season.
Terol has been favourite to win the title since the beginning of the season but the experienced Spaniard knows all too well that he cannot afford to get carried away. The secret of his success this year has been to take each Grand Prix as it comes and that approach has been enough to take wins at eight races so far, including the last three. With four rounds remaining he holds a 36-point advantage at the top of the standings but his focus remains on the next race and no further. After slipping up in the last round, when he crashed out of the fight for second place in the last corner and suffered a neck strain, Héctor Faubel is fully recovered and keen to get back on track. Adrián Martín picked up ninth place last time out at Motorland to end his points drought and he is determined to build on that performance as the season reaches its finale.
“We have had three great rounds and everybody has done an incredible job all year. I am in top form going out to Japan and our system of tackling each practice session with maximum effort is working out very well. People around me are starting to make calculations but I am completely detached from all that, just thinking about the job at hand at each individual race. I had good pace at Motegi last year and finished second, which was my first podium there. The objective this time is to fight for the win and not back off for a second because there are still a lot of points up for grabs. Motegi is a circuit where you have to stop the bike a lot and give it full throttle on the way out of the corners. You really have to work on your race pace and focus on getting the bike accelerating well. I like Motegi and the goal is to continue as we are – without major changes to the bike or our ambition.”
“I left the last race with a bittersweet feeling because we were competitive and almost finished on the podium but ended up crashing out and getting hurt. I spent last week resting at home and visiting the physio to get fit again as soon as possible and I feel much better now. The neck hardly hurts at all and I am happy that I will be in good shape for Japan. I don’t now how it will feel on the bike but the goal is the same – to run at the front and improve on the form we have shown in recent weeks. I love Motegi and I am sure that providing the neck doesn’t give me too much grief we can do well.”
“Things went well for me at Motegi last year and I got a good result so after a good race at Alcañiz I am very motivated about going back there. We did an excellent job at the last Grand Prix so we have to keep going in this way and I am sure things will work out. The key is to stay calm when things aren’t working. After a few crashes the result at Aragon has helped me get my confidence back and I am looking forward to giving my all at a track where I have good memories.”
Source: Aspar Media