Jordi Torres & Nico Terol, 7th & 11th day one at Silverstone
Scott Redding was the man on the pace in FP1 at his home GP but the afternoon belonged to a Frenchman as Johann Zarco took over at the top.
The intermediate class looks a far more open affair than MotoGP or Moto3 this weekend.
As we reach the end of this summer triple header the competition is open for race wins, although Redding and Espargaró have the championship advantage from the first half of the season. They will have to work hard to stay ahead of the chasing pack over the remaining rounds.
The defining quality of the MAPFRE Aspar in Moto2 is their work ethic. They are both highly dedicated riders as shown by the number of laps they both completed on Friday at Silverstone (Jordi Torres 37 and Nico Terol, 35).
Although Jordi Torres was not at Silverstone last year it did not hold him back today. The rider from Rubí put in a 15 lap run in the morning in order to get a good feel for the track. In the afternoon he worked on his pace and in the final five minutes of the session he was able to seventh, just 0.4s off P1.
It was a similar story for Terol, who had a more difficult morning due to the patchy track surface, but improved his setting for the Silverstone circuit in the afternoon and produced a late best lap for 11th.
7th Jordi Torres 2’08.607 (37 laps):
“The first two sessions were good and we’ve found our way pretty quickly at this track. I did a longer run in the morning to get used to it and although the surface takes some learning I already felt good by the end of the first lap. In the afternoon we tried a few things with differing results so we need to decide which way to go tomorrow. Generally we’re in good shape. We did most of the work on used tyres, so when we put the new set on in the afternoon we moved up the timesheet and improved the pace.”
11th Nico Terol 2.09.058 (35 laps):
“The first laps of the first session were good but then I noticed the rear end of the bike was closing too much. I guess because of the surface I felt like I was also losing the front on certain corners. So we needed to work on stability so we looked at the distance of the wheelbase settings and worked with a harder rear tyre. The feeling improved a lot in the afternoon, especially at the end, so I’m happy because we overcame some initial problems and found the solution quickly.”
Source: Aspar Media