Jordi Torres sixth fastest on Catalunya day one, Nico Terol 13th
Amidst temperatures of around 30ºC at Montmeló, the action in the Catalan GP began on Friday for the Moto2 class. The opening day of practice was dominated by home rider Pol Espargaró, who was able to claim the top time of the combined standings with his afternoon lap. Many riders set their best times in the afternoon, although others were unable to improve on their morning laps and carried them over to the day’s final timesheets.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Jordi Torres was one of the home riders in action in the intermediate class, and he worked hard on Friday to get best prepared for the weekend ahead. Torres was amongst the frontrunners for most of the second session, using a setup established at Mugello and making small changes in order to improve front end feel. His aim is to further refine that setup in order to feel comfortable on race day.
Teammate Nico Terol found things slightly more difficult in the first practice, thanks to excessive sliding at various points of the track. However, in the afternoon he took a step forward and was able to move up to thirteenth fastest.
13th Nico Terol 1.48.236 (38 laps):
“The start of the day was a little tough, because I found it difficult to get a feel with the bike and the track. That was strange, because I am usually able to go fast at this circuit with relative ease. I had a few setbacks when turning the bike in, and was sliding out a lot at various points of the track. We never stopped looking for solutions and that allowed us to go better in the afternoon. Now that we are on the right path, we need to continue in this way in order to improve grip. We have things fairly well set out for tomorrow, with the idea along the same lines as at the end of today. We have had a very good setup since Mugello, we have varied it a little here, and this has taken a bit of time. I am still convinced that we can be back up at the front tomorrow.”
6th Jordi Torres 1.47.676 (37 laps):
“We knew that we had a chance to get good results at this track, right from the start. However, we also knew that we would need to work very hard, like always. I had never ridden with the MAPFRE Aspar Team here, nor with Dunlop tyres. We came into this weekend with the setup fairly clear after Mugello and expected that the bike would work better today. Things went well, but we need to continue working hard in order to ride more comfortably. We worked well today and knew how to best use what we have available, but the aim for this weekend is to find a setup that makes the bike simpler to ride. We will have to improve the front end feel and I want to get the bike set up well tomorrow for Sunday’s race.”
Source: Aspar Media