The 2011 season finally got underway today at the Losail circuit, with the 125cc riders maintaining tradition by taking to the track first. Thirty one youngsters will battle for the crown this year and whilst there are plenty of new faces to look out for it was some of the more experienced ones who set the pace today. After a careful first free practice in cool and windy conditions they all improved their lap times in the second session but none could keep pace with BANKIA Aspar rider Nico Terol.
Terol was a full second ahead of the field in both sessions, confirming the good base setting he had found in preseason and racking up lap after lap to end the night in satisfied mood. His new team-mate Héctor Faubel also set some excellent lap times despite struggling slightly for engine performance, finishing third fastest, whilst fellow new signing Adrián Martín was twelfth and is confident of better tomorrow.
1st Nico Terol 2.07.418 (27 laps): “In the second session the wind wasn’t as bad as the first and we were able to set better lap times. My feeling was really good and it got better as the evening went on. I like Losail and we go back to the hotel tonight with a good taste in our mouth. The fact I am a second quicker than the next rider doesn’t mean anything because they will close the gap, it is only the first day. I just want to do my best and improve my lap times every time I go out on the track. It is good to start out in a dominant way but I can’t afford to relax.”
3rd Héctor Faubel 2.08.576 (24 laps): “The day has gone really well. The bike is responding well in terms of the set-up and the chassis and the base we found in preseason is working well. The only setback today was the engine, whicvh wasn’t working 100%, but the mechanics are working on it. Overall I am happy with the first day and I think tomorrow we can be up there with Nico. He was looking strong today but with hard work we can catch him. There is a long way to go and even though I don’t feel completely adapted back to this size bike yet it will happen very soon.”
12th Adrián Martín 2.10.539 (16 laps): “The track conditions weren’t perfect, which you can tell from the lap times, but as far as I am concerned I felt very comfortable out there. I still have work to do on the set-up but it is only the first day so I am not worried. In the first session the set-up was a bit hard and in the second one it was a bit soft so we have to find a happy medium to make me comfortable. I need to establish a better feeling with the front end because I am running wide when I am on the gas at the moment but I am sure we will take the step we need tomorrow to make more progress.”
Source: Bankia Aspar Team
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