Torres’ Strong Motegi Form Ruined After Being Taken Out On Lap 1
Low temperatures and a risk of rain gave the Moto2 riders an added unknown at Motegi on Sunday, but they approached the race in the same way as any other. The frontrunners attempted an early break away, with Andrea Iannone and poleman Marc Márquez the two fastest out of the blocks. It wasn’t as exciting an affair as the previous round at Aragón, but the Moto2 contest was still an entertaining tussle behind leader Iannone. Márquez, Corsi and Bradl were early participants in the battle, and were later joined by Alex De Angelis and Thomas Luthi. Crossing the line in isolation, the top three consisted of Iannone, Márquez and Luthi.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Jordi Torres had reason to expect one of his best races of the season in Japan, having shown continual improvement since Friday morning. He earned his highest qualifying position of the season and was going for points at Motegi, but it wasn’t to be. Starting from eleventh, Torres was holding his own off the line, but paid the price for joining a packed group when he was hit from behind at Turn 4. That ended his race and meant that he will have to wait until the next round in Australia in order to continue his progress.
Jordi Torres (DNF):
“First of all I want to thank the team for the great job that they are doing for me -even though the results haven’t come yet. We had worked a lot on our pace and had made a plan for the start of the race. I took off well and was getting a feel for the race, trying to get settled into a group. However, on the second left hander I was hit from behind, and was unable to avoid crashing. I had no prior warning, and it was a real pity to end a weekend of hard work in this fashion. I am satisfied with how the team and I worked here in Japan, and it is good to know that we are getting better and finding our way in the class. On the other hand, getting taken out by another rider is never nice, and I hope for better luck next time.”
Source: Aspar Media