Torres and Terol in perfect shape for season opener, ending Jerez test in 3rd and 4th position
The 2013 preseason came to an end this afternoon with a final couple of hours on track at Jerez for the riders who will contest the Moto2 World Championship. The next time they line up together will be in free practice for the Grand Prix of Qatar in just over two weeks’ time, which on the evidence of current form looks to be a battle between the brightest young Spanish talent in the intermediate class after four home riders took the top four positions on the timesheets today.
Two of those riders were ASPAR Team pair Jordi Torres and Nico Terol, who put the shine on a gruelling four days of hard work here with an excellent showing. Both riders used the available time to try and find more rear grip on their Suter machines as well as working on improving the engine braking with their new clutch systems. Jordi was the third fastest rider on track after stopping the clock at 1’43.706 whilst Nico was fourth fastest with a 1’43.736.
3rd Jordi Torres 1.43.706 (37 laps): “It was a short day but it went well and we are happy with the feeling we have with the bike now. All the testing we have done gives us a wide variety of options now in terms of setting the bike up in different ways and everything we have done so far has been positive. I enjoy the work and once we get to grips with the circuit in Qatar, which is a new one for me, we will keep working in the same way as this and try to find out more information. I am really satisfied with what we have achieved here at Jerez. I am enjoying riding the bike but we can always improve so I’ll keep working hard towards that goal.”
4th Nico Terol 1.43.736 (34 laps): “We have ended preseason with a much bigger smile than this time last year. I feel much more confident after a fantastic winter, we have done a good job and we feel strong. Jerez has gone well in both wet and dry conditions, we have been up near the top every day and even though the lap time is not sensational we have been consistent on used rubber and that’s the most important thing looking ahead to the races. We still have a few little things to iron out with the clutch but in general the bike is working brilliantly and the lap times are coming easily. I am really excited now and looking forward to getting out to Qatar. I always went well there on the 125 and after getting a bit lost with the Moto2 bike last year I am sure this time will be much different.”
Source: Team Aspar Press Release