Nico Terol and Jordi Torres end tough weekend in 10th & 16th
The Moto2 San Marino GP followed the script of the Moto3 race, with various riders carrying their qualifying form through to race day.
Pol Espargaró set off quickest from pole position, breaking away to avoid becoming embroiled in a battle at the front. Tito Rabat and Takaaki Nakagami followed him, with the trio separating from those behind.
The five-strong trailing group provided the excitement, whilst at the front Nakagami took the lead four laps in and appeared to be on course for victory. However, a late push from Espargaró with two laps remaining gave him the lead and the win, ahead of Nakagami and Rabat.
Despite not having had an ideal weekend, the MAPFRE Aspar riders pushed hard on race day at Misano. Nico Terol had started from twelfth on the grid, but dropped down four places in the chaos of the opening laps. Getting back to his pace from practice, the Spaniard was able to make a progressive comeback through the field. He recovered six places to finish tenth, claiming six points for his tally.
Jordi Torres was also closet o the points, following a radical change made for race day Turing the warmup. Improving his ability to turn into corners, Torres was able to move up from 24th to 16th in the race. Despite not leaving Misano satisfied, Torres remains optimistic about the conclusions obtained from the weekend.
10th Nico Terol:
“Both the race and the weekend as a whole have been tough. In this and the last GP we have found it harder to find pace, but I am convinced that through hard work we will be rewarded, sooner or later. Now we have to work hard to get back amongst the frontrunners. I can’t wait to get to Motorland, which I love, and be ready to fight for the podium. This weekend it was difficult for me to get the bike turning in, above all on the corners where you are braking on entry. Thankfully, despite these difficulties we have taken steps forward every day, and I am satisfied with the experience that we have gained. I began the race well, but the problems on the opening lap made me lose concentration. I then looked to set a good pace and steadily moved up the order. In the end I finished tenth, which is OK.”
16th Jordi Torres:
“This morning we tried something completely different, because yesterday we didn’t find the right solution to get the bike turning perfectly. We played about with the geometry, making a radical change. The improvement was considerable, despite the clutch feeling strange and making the rear chatter. We were far back on the grid but we had nothing to lose. We discovered in the race that the problem wasn’t with the clutch. The bike was turning better, but I continued to notice the chatter with the rear and I had to manage the engine braking carefully. The positive is that today we drew a lot of conclusions from our changes –more so than on Friday and Saturday. The negative is that I had to ride very smoothly in order to avoid any nasty surprise, causing me to drop my pace. We were able to recover a lot of positions, but it’s a shame not to have taken any points.”
Source: Aspar Media