Torres takes best result to date with 8th at Aragon, Terol 13th after slow start
The Moto2 class had a hard act to follow after the Moto3 show, but the intermediate class riders were up to the task. The lead group broke away quickly, with Simone Corsi fastest out of the blocks from pole. Espargaró, Márquez and Iannone followed him closely and tried to reel in the Italian, with Smith, Zarco and Redding arriving later. With seven laps to go, Espargaró broke away from the fight with Iannone and Márquez to take the win, with Iannone losing out to Redding for third.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Jordi Torres had a great race to take his best result of the sixteen Grands Prix in which he has participated to date. The Spaniard took off from fifth on the grid after a strong qualifying performance, but had a few early difficulties when crowded in by the riders around him. He had problems finding his pace and dropped down to sixteenth, but picked things up from lap seven onwards to make back places. He eventually crossed the line eighth, full of happiness and ready to do even better in Japan.
Teammate Nico Terol continued to develop in Moto2. He had trouble finding his pace in the early stages, but was able to fight back to thirteenth.
8th Jordi Torres: “The aim for today was to continue learning the class and to enjoy the race. I am very satisfied, because this weekend we took a big step forward which took me to eighth. On the opening laps I was unable to defend my position very well, as I still don’t know the limits of the Dunlop tyres. I was then capable of putting down a fast pace and increasing it with every lap. My handicap was not going as fast on the first few laps. The mechanics worked to perfection once again this weekend and put a lot of graft in. The bike was fantastic and perfectly adapted to my riding style. I am still lacking a little bit of experience with these tyres and I still need to learn how to make a fast getaway, as well as how to set off with a fast pace. That penalized me today and I hope to improve this for Japan.”
13th Nico Terol: “On the opening laps I was a little off. I didn’t feel as comfortable as I would have liked. Despite that, I am happy with my race pace. Luthi overtook me and I should have responded, as it became the key to the race. I was boxed in and the group behind me caught up, riding a tenth or so faster and leaving me behind. I am satisfied with how I maintained my high pace from the midway point on, and I am convinced that if I can be more active on the opening laps I can soon be a leading rider. I have to adapt to circumstances and learn how to pass people back wherever I am. Riding like the frontrunners from halfway through the race onwards is no use, because they escape at the start. I have to improve this. I leave Aragón very happy, because we took a big step forward in terms of pace. I hope that this continues in Japan.”
Source: Aspar Team Press Release