Low temperatures were present once more for the Moto2 riders at Silverstone, as they undertook qualifying for the British Grand Prix. Temperatures dipped to 15 degrees and rain gave way to strong winds, although the riders were still able to ride faster than in the corresponding outing from 2010. Stefan Bradl was finally knocked off pole in the Saturday afternoon run, with Márquez instead taking the honour. Moto2 will open raceday on Sunday, in a change to the regular schedule.
Arriving in Silverstone from Barcelona as a substitute rider, and with almost no World Championship experience (besides a wild card appearance in Montmeló for the past two seasons) Jordi Torres steps in for Julián Simón at the British Grand Prix. He had a hard task ahead of him on Friday at a new track, but by Saturday he had manager to feel more comfortable onboard his Moto2 bike. He finished fourteenth in the morning session, and nineteenth in qualifying. He now aspires to picking up points in Sunday’s race.
Xavi Forés has experienced problems this weekend and is still to feel comfortable at Silverstone. He will attempt to rectify the situation in the morning warmup.
19th Jordi Torres 2.10.122 (17 laps): “We worked a lot on reference points today and I was able to feel comfortable this morning. I worked hard to get things clear and find out what gears to use on each corner. I had a lot of fun in the final free practice session and wanted more from myself in qualifying. I didn’t go quite as fast as I would have liked, but I am still happy because this is a totally new track for me. I need to adapt more to the bike, but the team are making an enormous effort to make me feel at ease. I will give my all tomorrow, but will be careful because I don’t like to crash. I will look to move up places and maybe finish in the points.”
30th Xavi Forés 2.10.968 (17 laps): “It is better for me that it rains tomorrow, because I’m still not feeling comfortable in the dry. What I want to focus on is working on the setting of the bike. Things have taken a turn compared to Montmeló and France, because I don’t feel comfortable and I don’t know why. The steering is locking up on every corner and I feel like I could crash at any moment. I had to make a couple of saves today. We will continue to try things out in the warmup, as although we haven’t been able to find any improvements yet, we aren’t going to throw in the towel. The important thing is to collect data to turn the situation around.”
Source: Team Aspar
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