Terol continues good form with best Moto2 qualifying position, Torres staying calm in 23rd
There were no surprises in Moto2 qualifying this afternoon as Pol Espargaró and Marc Márquez continued their battle at the top of the championship to fight for pole position at Indianapolis. In the end it was Espargaró who secured front spot on the grid for tomorrow’s race with a lap of 1’42.602, smashing the previous record by a second and a half.
Like his fellow Spaniards on the front row MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol counts this circuit as one of his favourites and even though the Moto2 rookie is not ready to fight for pole position just yet he did manage his best qualifying performance of the season so far with the tenth fastest time of the day. Terol is just a second off the electrifying pace set by Espargaró and he is determined to back his hard work up with a solid result in tomorrow’s race. His team-mate Jordi Torres was also happy with his day, the Spaniard getting to grips with World Championship level competition again in 23rd position.
10th Nico Terol 1.43.684 (19 laps): “I am really happy because I was able to set a fast pace throughout the session and importantly I spent most of it on my own, lapping in the 1’43s. I think I could have set a better lap but I came together with another rider and lost my focus. Anyway I am happy because we have worked well and have a good base for a solid race tomorrow. It will be important not to lose ground on the first few laps because I am sure my pace is good enough to run at the front. We need to work on producing one explosive lap but it will come in time. The track is very slippery, especially where the bike is being supported mainly by the rear tyre. We have a good set-up but we need to take care tomorrow.”
23rd Jordi Torres 1.44.656 (19 laps): “We worked well today and the team continues to help me understand this bike. I took things steadily yesterday and continued in the same vein today, trying to make the bike more stiff. We’re a bit off the pace but our objective was to lap in the 1’44s and improve my pace from here last year. Everybody is going fast but I am not worried because this is my first race with the team and I want to do a good job. I will try and learn as much as I can in the race tomorrow and I am sure it will be a useful experience for the battles to come.”
Source: Aspar Team Press Release