Solid start for Torres at Misano, Terol with plan to improve for Saturday

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The Moto2 riders did not have the best of luck at Misano on Friday. Like the Moto3 and MotoGP classes, they had to put up with the tricky damp conditions at the track, but the difference for the intermediate class was that they could not escape the drizzle even for a moment. The opening Moto2 sessions of the weekend were crash-filled affairs, with much of the blame falling on the adverse weather. The best lap time went to Xavier Simeon, followed by Claudio Corti and Johann Zarco.

Unable to ride at Misano last season because of a little finger injury in practice, Jordi Torres was back for this year’s event in strong form. He made a prudent start, but continually made steps forward on Friday –ending the day with the eleventh best time. His fantastic start owed much to his MAPFRE Aspar mechanics, who gave him a simple setting with which to gain confidence.

Teammate Nico Terol was less adapted to the rain. The Spaniard fought to improve his feeling on the bike for the entire day, making some small improvements at the end of the second session. He did not have time to use his findings to ascend the standings, and concluded down in 23rd.

11th Jordi Torres 1.53.029 (24 laps): “After the race in the CEV last Sunday, my priority today was regaining my feel for this bike. Doing that in the wet is difficult, so this morning I took things calmly as I didn’t want any surprises. My mechanics knew very well what I needed and this afternoon we took a big step forward with our setting. I gradually went faster and faster and was very comfortable, so I was satisfied at the end of it. The team deserve great credit, because they prepared a bike for me that was very simple to ride, without me even realising how well we were going. I hope that we can continue like this tomorrow, and also that the weather improves.”

23rd Nico Terol 1.55.108 (30 laps): “Today was a fairly strange day. I felt good in the wet at Brno, but today wasn’t the same. It was hard for me to pick up pace, the bike was better in the second session because we softened the fork settings. That enabled me to open the throttle more safely. We made an improvement with our gearing that will be useful in the dry as well. Personally though, I didn’t feel comfortable. The positive is that a chassis improvement in the afternoon has shown me what we should do tomorrow. On day two I will get on with things and try to be ready for any conditions.”

Source: Aspar Team Press Release

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