Jordi Torres & Nico Terol aim for warm-up improvements

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Thomas Luthi made a strong start to qualifying practice for the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno this afternoon but in the end it was Tito Rabat who made the difference, the series leader moving to the top of the order at the halfway stage and securing pole position with a late run of fast laps in the closing minutes.

The Swiss rider managed to close to within two tenths of the Spaniard but with less than a second covering the top ten on the grid there are plenty more contenders for the podium tomorrow.

There were improvements this morning for both MAPFRE Aspar riders but what looked like a positive day turned sour in the afternoon on both sides of the garage.

Jordi suffered from chatter from his front tyre whilst Nico cited a similar problem, as well as a lack of grip on the rear. As a result the pair will line up for tomorrow’s race in nineteenth and 29th place respectively, with plenty of work to do in the warm-up and the race if their visit to the Czech Republic is to end in positive fashion.

19th Jordi Torres 2.03.482 (17 laps):
“We had contrasting fortunes today with some good progress this morning but disappointment in qualifying this afternoon. We wanted to take that step further and made a change but the bike felt strange, it was too reactive. We made a change to the geometry of the bike to iron out the chatter but in the end it was a tyre thing. I realised that when it was too late so qualifying did not work out how we planned. We only managed to complete four decent laps on the tyres from this morning. Tomorrow we will have to give it everything in the race. We are starting from a long way back and we have nothing to lose so I will be taking some risks.”

29th Nico Terol 2.04.208 (17 laps):
“It has been a pretty tough second day here at Brno. It looked like things were improving this morning and the changes we have made over the weekend were starting to be productive but during qualifying we struggled with a lack of grip and some chatter. I am struggling to get a feel for the front in corner entry and I am losing confidence as a result. It is a shame because I usually find my flow at this circuit but we just have to keep working hard and pushing forward.”

Source: Aspar Media

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