Good first day for wildcard rider Dani Ruiz at Valencia
It’s been a difficult day at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Cheste, scene of the Grand Prix of Valencia, due to the adverse weather which saw the free practice sessions on Friday held in very difficult conditions.
The first session started with the circuit completely wet after it rained throughout the night, which left the circuit quite dirty and with fairly cool temperatures. Wildcard rider Dani Ruiz went out in these conditions with a clear objective: Avoid crashing. And with that in mind the rider from Navarra completed the practice which saw more than 15 crashes due to the track condtions, finishing 34th of 36 riders.
In the second practice of the day the conditions were totally different, riding under fine rain, but with the track much better and cleaner after the Moto2 and MotoGP sessions, so Dani could take more risks and ended 24th-fastest, finishing ahead the likes of Jonas Folger, winner of the British Grand Prix this year, and Marcel Schrötter, 125cc European Champion in 2009.
Tomorrow’s final free practice and qualifying now bear a good chance start within the top 20, which is the goal for Dani Ruiz and the team Honda Larresport for tomorrow.
Dani Ruiz: “I’m happy with how things have gone in the last practice and I think I could have improved by some more positions, but the rain got stronger at the end and it was impossible. In the morning it was not worth risking more, I’ve spent all the time watching riders crash near me due to the condition of the track. With the rain the performance of the bikes are more equal and we are somewhat closer to the top 15, we’ll see what weather we have tomorrow and especially for the race on Sunday. As always I have to thank again my sponsors and my team.”
Source: Prensa Dani Ruiz