Jordi Torres takes hard fought 12th at Indianapolis

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The Moto2 race at Indianapolis was halted before three laps had been completed today, with Mattia Pasini coming off worse from a multiple crash. Luckily the Italian escaped without major injury and the grid was reformed for a 16-lap sprint race, with Mika Kallio repeating his start to leave his rivals trailing. Behind the Finn there was an interesting battle for the remaining podium positions, with Dominique Aegerter and Maverick Viñales overcoming the series leader Tito Rabat to secure the remaining silverware and champagne.

MAPFRE Aspar rider Jordi Torres had an eventful race that saw him make a strong start only to be almost taken out by another rider. The Spaniard kept upright and maintained his composure to build a comeback that was only thwarted by rear tyre trouble seemingly caused by the red flag and subsequent restart. Despite that Jordi managed to pick up points in twelfth place, his team-mate Nico Terol also struggling for grip as he battled to 21st.

12th Jordi Torres:
“It was strange to have to start the race twice today. I got a good start the first time but I wasn’t decisive enough after that and lost some positions. I started even better the second time and tried to be more aggressive but another rider almost knocked me off and I lost positions again. After that I tried to get my rhythm together but it was difficult because the feeling with the bike was different. We went for the soft rear tyre, which had worked well for us all weekend, but I think it must have cooled during the restart and that changed its characteristics. I had less and less grip as the race went on and started to get some chatter from the front too. By the end the tyre had a big hole in it and it seems I was lucky to even finish the race, so we have to be thankful for that and look forwards to Brno.”

21st Nico Terol:
“It was a strange race with some nasty crashes and the red flag. I set a good pace in the warm-up this morning but the bike had less grip in the race for some reason – maybe it was the increase in temperature. When Folger came past I was able to set two fast laps but I was taking a lot of risks and the bike was getting so hot that it was burning my feet to the point that I had to lift them off the pegs on the straight. We made a big effort this weekend but it wasn’t enough so we have to keep working. When everything clicks I will get my confidence back and everything will start to flow again.”

Source: Aspar Media

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