Terol “Now I Have To Finish The Job”
Demonstrating the competitive nature of the lower cylinder class, the 125cc title race goes down to the wire for the second consecutive season. The Valencia Grand Prix is once again the venue for the deciding race, as the curtain falls on the prestigious 125cc category in a final round before a switch to four-stroke machinery. Nico Terol leads the way from Johann Zarco by some twenty points in the World Championship standings after sixteen GPs, with just one to go.
BANKIA Aspar rider Nico Terol is counting down the hours until his return to familiar pastures. The Spaniard grew up riding and racing in Valencia, and could take his first world title at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo this Sunday. After a tough race in Malaysia, Nico is ready to get right back into things in what will be the biggest weekend of his career to date. The current situation calls for an intelligent race, in which victory is not a must and the priority is finishing the GP in the points.
Héctor Faubel and Adrián Martín are also ‘sons’ of the Circuito Ricardo Tormo, and will be in charge of opening Sunday’s action with a strong home showing. Héctor has no doubt that victory is his only objective this weekend, as he looks to repeat his bittersweet 2007 win at the Valencian track.
After two races riddled with misfortune, Adrián Martín is also ready to show his stuff at a familiar track.
“We arrive at our home race after a great ride at Valencia which didn’t give us just reward. I can only look at it as a positive that I didn’t crash out, which would have made things trickier here. Alright, I was off the podium, but I still have a twenty-point advantage that is large enough for me to be able to enjoy the weekend a little with my family and friends. I know the circuit well and have ridden here since I was little, and so it will be a special weekend. I want to enjoy every practice session and every lap of the race, and there is no secret as to what my aim is: I’m going to look to get a good start to avoid surprises later on, establish a gap and then set the pace, just like Marc Marquez did last year. I won’t be thinking about victory, because most of our work is already done. What I have to do now is finish off the job and ride an intelligent race.”
“I am raring to get going with the Valencia GP, because it is my favourite race on the calendar. Riding at home in front of all our fans is an awesome feeling. The contrast to this is the fact that it will be a hard weekend for everyone; we will all have Marco Simoncelli on our minds, but I am convinced that he will get the send-off that a rider and person of his class deserves. It will be a very special weekend for our team, as Nico is in with a good chance of taking the 125cc title. If we manage to win this one, then it will be a happy respite from the lows that we have been feeling since Marco’s accident in Malaysia. My goal is to win this race. I want to be on the top step, lend a hand to Nico, give my team and the fans reason to be happy and end my season on a high note.”
“After a couple of strange races, I hope to get a straightforward good result at Valencia. The Ricardo Tormo circuit is a very special track for me, because it is almost like home; I’ve grown up with the smell of petrol and the roar of race bikes there. It is a place that I know like the back of my hand, and I think that I have a good chance to end the season in a positive way. We’ve been unlucky over the past two races, with a risk in tyre choice that didn’t pay off in one and a mechanical problem in the other. We have to put this behind us and keep working as hard as ever to make this a weekend to remember. Cheste is the track where I have ridden the most laps in my life, and I know a couple of tricks to cut down my lap times.”
Source: Aspar Media