The British Moto2 round switched places in the timetable and oponed up proceedings this Sunday. The 11:15am start was unsurprisingly undertaken in wet conditions, courtesy of constant rainfall since the previous night. It promised to be an open contest, with visibility limited and plenty of slippery spots on track. Stefan Bradl made a typically strong start from the front row, and was joined by Scott Redding and Mattia Pasini in leading the race. Eventually Bradl made the definitive push and nobody was able to catch him. After the opening laps, riders began to take more risks and crashes became a more frequent sight. Thirteen riders hit the deck over the course of the race.
Merely finishing the eighteen-lap contest was an achievement in such tough conditions and MAPFRE Aspar rider Xavi Forés was one of those able to do so. Despite rear end problems for the Spaniard the entire weekend, he managed to get a good start and gradually move up the order. He ended the race in nineteenth place, close to the points and gaining confidence for the upcoming race at Assen.
Jordi Torres was unlucky in his first substitute appearance for the MAPFRE Aspar Team. He got off to a bad start and had to plot a comeback, which came to an end on lap three with a crash at turn fifteen.
19th Xavi Forés:
“The race was a case of staying upright and waiting for others to make mistakes. Despite being far back on the grid, I got a good start. I had problems in maintaining my pace, especially on the fast corners because I lacked rear grip. I decided to stick with a consistent pace and let the laps go by. The same thing happened to us at Jerez, and my feeling improved as the race went on. I was riding as part of the group that was in the points at the end of the race, but it was another time that we just missed out. Now we head to Assen, which is a track that I know well and like. I hope to wash the bittersweet taste from my mouth with a good result there.”
Jordi Torres (DNF):
“I feel really bad about crashing out, because I was feeling comfortable, had passed other riders and felt that I had good pace. It was hard to see the track, because every time that I hit the brakes I got the spray from the rider in front in my face. Imade a mistake on turn fifteen, because I accelerated too hard and my back wheel stepped out completely. I am angry, because this was my chance to finish a race at the very least. I am very grateful to the team for their effort, because I felt at home with them. The weekend had been going perfectly, so it is a shame not to have rewarded the team with a good result.”
Source: Aspar Media
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