Elias and Terol still off the pace and looking for improvement in qualifying

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A single 45 minute session in windy conditions made for a difficult evening’s work for the Moto2 riders tonight, although that didn’t stop them from improving their pace from yesterday. Thomas Luthi, pacesetter on the opening day, was dominant again today as he stepped up his pace by three tenths to clock a best lap of 2’00.479.

MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol made consistent progress towards his objective of improving bike stability in corner entry and exit. With two laps remaining of tonight’s session he clocked his best lap of the weekend so far and he is looking forward to building on it in qualifying tomorrow. His team-mate Toni Elías worked on a variety of different chassis settings without finding a satisfactory solution, limiting him to 23rd place tonight but providing data and hope for major improvements tomorrow.

18th Nico Terol 2.02.160 (18 laps): “My feeling was much better tonight and I now feel much more confident on the bike under acceleration. We worked with a used rear tyre up until the end of the session and tried a harder version on the front which gave me more confidence in corner entry and as a result I was able to line up the exit better. We tried something even harder at the end but I think I need the softer version for a fast lap time. I have gone half a second quicker than yesterday and improved my race pace so I’m happy. We are still some way off the fastest lap but we’re getting closer.”

23rd Toni Elías 2.02.387 (16 laps): “We tried a lot of things with the ergonomics of the bike today without yielding any positive results so I can’t say we are satisfied with the job or the position we’re in, but at least we have been able to narrow down the options. Having looked at the data with the mechanics we have a good idea which way to go with the bike tomorrow and we will be starting out with something we know works. We have to keep to working hard, stay positive and pick up strongly.”

Source: Aspar Team

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