Jordi Torres lines up 16th on Assen Moto2 grid, Nico Terol 26th
Moto2 is the most closely fought World Championship category and the evidence was clear again on Friday at Assen with the top 21 riders all qualifying within a second of each other.
The rush was on at the beginning of the Moto2 QP with the track dry but the clouds overhead threatening rain, meaning all the top riders got a quick time in the bag. Later in the session there was less movement at the top with Espargaró clear in P1, and with Zarco placing himself second late on and Redding showing his consistency in third.
Jordi Torres finished free practice feeling slightly groggy due to a crash in FP3 at turn 11. Nonetheless he worked hard in the afternoon to continue his adaptation to another new circuit and was amongst the group of 21 riders who qualified within a second of pole. His best time came on the 20th of 21 laps and placed him 16th. He is happy with his feeling on the bike and will make some front end adjustments in warm up.
On the other side of the MAPFRE Aspar box Nico Terol has been hindered by rear wheel issues and has qualified 26th. He is still upbeat and will work to find a solution.
16th Jordi Torres 1.39.482 (21 laps):
“I like this circuit and I think we’re doing a good job overall. I lost the front end in the morning and crashed but in the afternoon we continued the hard work and our performance was better. The lap time doesn’t match that improvement and I think in clearer conditions we would be doing much better at what is a new track for me. Anyway I think I’ve got the hang of this track and in warm up we will modify the front to try and improve the front end feeling. If we achieve that we can push the bike harder and our corner speed will improve. It will not be an easy race but as I said I like this track and I think we can get a good result.”
26th Nico Terol 1.40.014 (22 laps):
“We’re having a tough weekend and we don’t like being in these positions. The feeling is not good. At Montmeló we were looking for more pace and the team made a lot of changes to try and help me. But I feel like we’ve lost the direction a bit. No-one said Moto2 was an easy category and we need to keep working hard. We’ve been competitive at some races so we know we can get back on top when we find the way forward. We will just keep working and developing until we get there.”
Source: Aspar Media