Terol & Torres, 13th & 15th, end day one with positive feelings
Like Marquez in MotoGP, Nakagami led the way in both Moto2 free practice sessions on day one at Misano. The Japanese rider has looked good at the last three rounds and surely a victory must await him sooner or later.
Redding, Espargaró & Rabat challenged the man from the Far East, but he eventually finished ahead of Espargaró by a fine margin. There were a few crashes in Moto2, as there were in Moto3, with both Rabat and Nakagami falling. Exceeding the track limit can result in lap times being annulled so the intermediate class rider will need to be alert to that this weekend.
Forty laps, significant data and 13th place summed up MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol’s day at Misano. Having worked with the same tyre throughout the morning, trying Dunlop’s new rear compound, Terol ended up six tenths off P1. He smiled at the end of the day thanks to his good feeling on the bike, but wants to improve corner speed.
It was a similar story for, Jordi Torres, who was 15th overall, having put in 46 laps, with his best time being a 1’39.092. Although he is feeling good he too aims to improve on cornering on Saturday.
13th Nico Terol 1’39.003 (40 laps):
“The afternoon was better than this morning, when I rode with the same tyre for the whole session. Actually I started the second session on the same tyre and then we tried the new Dunlop rear tyre, which gave me more confidence and got me into the low 1’39s. I’m looking to get into the 1’38 laps though. I’m happy today as the feeling is better than in recent weeks. We need to improve on cornering on Saturday and the weight transfer on the front end could be the key, we’ll see tomorrow. I’m happy with the initial results and with our hard work today.”
15th Jordi Torres 1’39.092 (46 laps):
“It’s a good start but we can make improvements on setting for certain points on the circuit. The morning was all about just getting a first feel for things, and it was ok but the bike wasn’t turning as I’d like it to. We tried a few things in the afternoon but could not quite find the solution, although we ruled out a few options. Lap times are really close again and the top guys have gone hard. However, with some hard work tomorrow I’m sure we can get closer to them.”
Source: Aspar Media