A regular feature on the MotoGP World Championship calendar since 1997, the historic road racing circuit at Phillip Island has actually been around for almost a century and is one of the most eagerly-anticipated races by the teams and riders.
Fast, flowing and located on a cliff-top perch, there is truly no circuit in the world like this one. This weekend it hosts the fifteenth round of the Moto2 season and the second of three races in as many weekends following the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang last Sunday.
Scott Redding has seen his lead at the top of the standings slashed to just nine points, with Pol Espargaró ready to pounce with three races remaining.
MAPFRE Aspar riders Nico Terol and Jordi Torres have their own targets for the season end and Phillip Island represents an excellent opportunity for them both to build on the positives from Sepang.
Even though Terol crashed out of the race he showed great determination to rejoin and make up some positions before the end, demonstrating that his feeling with the bike was good and augurs well for a podium attempt at Phillip Island.
Torrres picked up a ninth place at Sepang but knew it would be a difficult track for him and now he is full of confidence heading to Australia.
“After Aragón, where everything went perfectly, we worked hard in Malaysia but things didn’t come as easy. We stayed calm and kept our heads down but unfortunately didn’t come out with the result we were expecting. Despite the crash I had a good feeling with the bike in the race and in Australia I want to take the positives and make up for it. It is a big challenge for us to try and do that at Phillip Island because we struggled there last year but it is an extra reason to be motivated. I like the circuit a lot and I am really determined to do well this weekend.”
“Phillip Island is a beautiful circuit, I love it. I have good memories there because we had a positive weekend last year and made a lot of progress. It is a bumpy track and it is usually quite windy so we have to be mentally ready to deal with these factors. We needed a specific kind of set-up for Sepang and at Phillip Island we will need to take a different direction because there is quite a contrast in the layout. We’ll keep working to get confident with the front end though because I need to let it run through the corners without worrying.”
Source: Aspar Media
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