Jordi Torres and Nico Terol looking forward to Motegi race weekend
The Moto2 World Championship moves from the edge of the ocean to the middle of the forest this weekend as the series heads from Phillip Island, Australia, to Motegi, Japan.
Once again there will be a huge question mark over the weather but there is no doubting the passion of the Japanese fans and this is always an event that the teams and riders look forward to.
Just when it looked like the Moto2 category could be the closest of the three in MotoGP and almost certain to go to the final round at Valencia there was an unfortunate twist in Australia and after Scott Redding’s wrist injury it is now Pol Espargaró who leads the way.
The Spaniard has the opportunity to wrap the title up this Sunday with Redding out of action and his team-mate Esteve Rabat now looking like his most direct rival.
Jordi Torres has already secured the honour of being Moto2’s Rookie of the Year for 2013 with a colossal total of 106 points thanks to his second podium on Sunday at Phillip Island.
Even though he made GP appearances during the previous two campaigns the smiley Spaniard is contesting his first full season at this level and he has more than established himself, having also taken victory in the German Grand Prix.
Nico Terol also enjoyed a positive weekend at Phillip Island and like Torres he is a big fan of the Motegi layout. As such both riders are aiming to add to their podium tally this weekend.
“I am really happy after the podium at Phillip Island, which was a huge reward for all the hard work that the team and I have been putting in. We have had good results in the two flyaway races so far so we want to make it three out of three. Motegi is a circuit with a lot of hard braking zones, the kind I like, so I am sure it will be a good race for us. I had a good feeling there all weekend last year and this will actually be my third time at this track so hopefully everything comes more easily. The objective is to keep working as we are now and to get back on the podium again on Sunday.”
“Phillip Island was a positive weekend for us. Even though I always struggle a little to adapt to the track there we managed to make progress all weekend and we were competitive in qualifying and in the race. So far on the flyaways we have had a good feeling with the bike and that makes me optimistic for the next race at Motegi. I ran off track last year and had to fight back but I am sure things will be different this time. I love the layout and so I’m looking forward to riding there again. The last two races are at good circuits for me so we have to get the most out of our package to make sure we end the season on a high with two good results.”
Source: Aspar Media