Torres takes creditable 11th in Australia, while Terol struggles to 18th

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At 14:20, local time (GMT+11) at Phillip Island, the Australian GP kicked off for the Moto2 riders. It followed the script of the practice sessions, as Nakagami led the opening lap, followed by Márquez and Espargaró. The latter moved ahead and broke free for the win, with a battle behind involving Redding in the mix. Márquez protected his title chances and held back in the fight, coming in third behind surprise home podium finisher Anthony West and clinching the Moto2 World Championship. The final round of the 2012 series takes place in two weeks time, at Valencia.

MAPFRE Aspar riders Jordi Torres and Nico Terol knew that there are no gifts in Moto2. The weekend had been tough, chasing a setting that was never found and starting from 20th and 26th, respectively. Neither rider lost focus and both tried to give their best showing. The start saw both Jordi and Nico drop positions, but from the second lap onwards both moved up the order through the 1’35 pace that they were setting. Torres took a creditable eleventh, his second best result since rejoining the MAPFRE Aspar Team, whilst Terol was eighteenth.

11th Jordi Torres:
“Today we started from rather far back, so we knew that we had to fight back. On Friday we lost our way a little, but on Saturday we got back on course and were able to work a lot on our pace. We didn’t have any particularly fast lap, but our pace was positive. It is basically that which helped us today, looking ahead all the time. I dropped very far back at the start but kept calm. I rode out the craziness of the start to concentrate on my own pace. The bike worked perfectly. In this race I learnt that I have to push harder when braking in order to overtake. I enjoyed this one, as I felt comfortable all race.”

18th Nico Terol:
“This weekend at Phillip Island has been very tough, probably the toughest of the season, but I hope to learn a lot from it. Intoday’s race I had trouble picking up the pace on the early laps and with a full tank I could not brake hard. I tried pushing but I went offtrack. Fortunately I was able to return, then rode in the 1’35s for most of the race. I’ll focus on the positive, which is that after suffering all weekend, I finally managed to find a good pace. We must learn to break free better on the early laps. The next race is at home, where I have very good memories from last season. That will be a great motivation to finish the job we are developing this season.”

Source: Aspar Media

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