Elias happy with changes to riding style, Terol encounters new chatter problems

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Home favourites Pol Espargaró and Marc Márquez arrived at their home Grand Prix today as two of the three riders separated by just three points at the top of the Moto2 standings but it was the third of the trio – Swiss star Thomas Luthi – who made the early running in free practice. As the heat intensified much of the field struggled to improve their lap times from the morning to the afternoon, Luthi and second-fastest Espargaró included, but there is no doubt that the pace was just as hot as the conditions, with Andrea Iannone’s lap record from 2010 already smashed by almost a full second.

Two of the few riders to make improvements this afternoon were in MAPFRE Aspar Team colours, with Toni Elías finding more than a second despite the hot track conditions and Nico Terol almost half a second. For the former it was a day of hard work as he experimented with a variety of changes that gave him more confidence with his bike in the fast turns and it ended in a satisfactory manner as he significantly increased his pace and performance. Terol worked to successfully solve a chatter problem from the morning to the afternoon but he is still struggling for rear grip and has work to do ahead of qualifying tomorrow afternoon.

13th Toni Elías 1.47.851 (38 laps): “I am really happy, because since Le Mans we have talked a lot and put a bunch of ideas on the table with my crew chief. We have analysed my riding style and from this morning made some changes that worked straight away. We have taken a big step forward with the set-up that will allow me to get more confidence from the chassis and also get the bike turning more quickly. I am happy with this first day and it is positive that we have improved from the morning to the afternoon and closed the gap to the top guys in every sector. If tomorrow we can find the half second that we are losing in the final sector then we’ll be in the mix for a good result on Sunday. That’s the area we’ll be working hardest on tomorrow.”

24th Nico Terol 1.48.542 (42 laps): “We had some unusual problems this morning that we have not suffered before. I was struggling for front grip and getting a lot of chatter in the last two corners. At the end of the session this afternoon we went for a much harder tyre and that improved things but then I started to struggle for grip on the rear, especially in the fast corners which are so crucial to the lap time here. Anyway, at least we know which way we’re going with the bike and I was able to improve my lap times in the afternoon despite the fact that the track conditions were deteriorating.”

Source: Aspar Team

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