Terol equals best Moto2 finish at Indianapolis
Based on the five practice sessions for the Indianapolis GP, it seemed clear who had the pace and who didn’t in the Moto2 class. The only surprise was that Marc Márquez escaped so son in pursuit of victory. Iannone tried to get ahead on the opening lap and Aegerter also made an attempt, but they could do nothing to stop their rival from passing. On lap four, Márquez had dipped into the 1’43s and had carved out a significant gap before Espargaró could do anything about it. He won the contest, with Espargaró and Simón behind him in a race more similar to MotoGP than Moto2.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol took another step forward in the Moto2 category this weekend. He was highly competitive at one of his favourite circuits and yesterday took his best qualifying performance of the season (10th). Today he lost places at the start, but was able to keep his cool over the course of the 26 laps at Indianapolis. In the end he placed thirteenth and took another three points for his tally for the campaign. He did so by repeating his previous best result of the season, at the Italian GP.
Jordi Torres did a solid job at the Indianapolis GP. The Spaniard rejoined the World Championship this weekend and had the clear aim of adjusting to the class. Despite a mistake at the start of the race, he worked his way up to nineteenth.
13th Nico Terol: “I am very happy with the big step forward that we have taken this weekend. We were inside the top ten in every session and the pace was formidable. I can take plenty of positives from the weekend. In the race I was fighting hard on the opening laps as part of an aggressive group, but I still felt comfortable. From lap ten onwards, I saw that the tyres had taken a big dip in performance and that it was going to be hard to keep up the pace. It was tough for me, because I could see how my pace dropped off and couldn’t do anything about it. I am still satisfied with myself in any case, because I could take some points away from here. The team did a great job and it is thanks to them that we are progressing and getting more solid in this class. I hope that we continue like this at Brno. We know that we can be up at the front –we just need to finish that way.”
19th Jordi Torres: “At the start I treated the race like just another practice session. It was an opportunity for me to continue to learn and adapt. I wanted to see how I could adapt to the tyre wear and to a 26-lap battle. I got a pretty good start, but when I changed from first to second gear I hit a false neutral and lost a lot of positions. I had to make another comeback, but I was riding alone and had to focus on replicating my practice pace. The slow comeback was positive and the important thing is that I have regained a feel for GP riding upon my return. I leave Indianapolis satisfied with our work and now I have a clearer idea about things. I hope that we continue to improve at Brno.”
Source: Aspar Team Press Release