Jordi Torres & Nico Terol struggle in Aragon qualifying
Moto2 saw Spain’s Motorland full house completed on Saturday afternoon, with Viñales joining Rins (Moto3) and Marquez (MotoGP) on pole. At the beginning of QP Rabat and Kallio engaged in a duel as they battle for title momentum.
Rabat showed his cards dominating early on, but a crash slowed his progress, and although he returned to the track, he ended up behind Viñales, Zarco and Kallio. The pole was secured by just 51 thousandths of a second and the first 21 riders were separated by less than a second.
Many riders finished close together but the top five look favourites for the race. There is a strong chace of rain for Sunday’s races.
After starting yesterday with good pace, the MAPFRE Aspar riders began the second day at Motorland with great expectations. The last free practice had been full of positive feelings and decisions.
Both Nico Terol and Jordi Torres worked using the information gathered, which proved so productive last year. But in the final session things did not go to plan.
Jordi Torres suffered a slip on turn seven which made him lose confidence in the front end, and Nico Terol lost his feeling as the session progressed. Still, both continued to work to try to qualify as well as possible.
Torres and Terol concluded in 13th and 22nd. Tomorrow, during the warm-up session, they will try to turn their fortunes around and get ready for the race.
Jordi Torres 13th 1’54.786 (18 laps):
“The QP was very tight and all the riders are so close. Although the feeling was quite positive, both my mechanics and I felt uncomfortable because last year here we went quickly and this year we are finding it harder to get a good rhythm. The bike is set up like last year but today we had some problems with the front. I don’t feel confident to open the gas when I exit the corners. My riding is the same as last year but I don’t feel as comfortable as I would like. We have done numerous tests to try to improve, but we still have to find something else to be at the level we want. Tomorrow’s race will be tough because times are tight, but we will fight to try to get the best possible result.”
Nico Terol 22nd 1’55.182 (20 laps):
“We had good feedback from this morning, the times were quite positive, but in the afternoon we got stuck a little. It makes me frustrated because I would have liked to qualify better for this home race. Today is my birthday and I wanted to have a good feeling. Last year went very well and with the time from today we’d have got pole, but I couldn’t get the same feeling. In any case we must not lose motivation, we must analyze what happened today and how we can improve for tomorrow get ready for the race. This afternoon we compared the two types of tyres for the race, but we’re still not clear what to use.”
Source: Aspar Media