Terol & Torres line up 6th & 7th, ready for Indy podium fight
After free practice sessions led by Takaaki Nakagami, Simone Corsi and Pol Espargaró respectively it was the turn of Moto2 World Championship leader Scott Redding to step to the fore this afternoon, the British rider taking pole position with the final lap of a qualifying practice otherwise dominated by Spanish team-mates Esteve Rabat and Pol Espargaró.
After an intense battle on track today Redding and Espargaró will square up again tomorrow as they vie for the series lead in a mouthwatering race, although one from any number of riders could quite easily emerge as a victory contender, with the top twenty riders today separated by less than a second.
MAPFRE Aspar riders Nico Terol and Jordi Torres will hope to be in the shuffle for podium positions after matching each other’s progress step for step so far this weekend. The Spanish pair line up sixth and seventh respectively, with Nico just two tenths off Redding’s pole pace and Jordi just 0.042 seconds off his team-mate, as they both chase their second victory of the season.
6th Nico Terol 1.43.307 (18 laps):
“I am really happy with the feeling we have found with the bike on this second day. We did a great job in qualifying and set a fast pace throughout. I felt comfortable with the bike straight away and we improved from there. Starting from sixth place is positive considering how close the lap times are and even though I didn’t manage to put a perfect lap together I am very satisfied with our performance. I want to thank the team because once again they did a great job. Tomorrow I will do my best to score another great result here at Indianapolis. It will be a tough race with a tight group at the front but I will push hard to set my pace from the start.”
7th Jordi Torres 1.43.349 (21 laps):
“My feeling with the bike today was great. Yesterday we got a bit lost but today we found the right way to make the bike competitive again. We were on the pace in both sessions but had a rear tyre that gave us some problems in qualifying and then on the last lap I ran into some traffic so that stopped us from setting an even better lap. Anyway I am happy with our pace and I think we’re ready for the race. We have taken a big step from yesterday to today, the team have done a great job and we seem to work better and better together. Tomorrow will be tough because this circuit puts a lot of emphasis on the front tyre whereas I like to work more with the rear but we’ll do our best to come away from Indianapolis with the best possible result.”
Source: Aspar Media