Jordi Torres and Nico Terol in 17th and 25th after mixed track conditions in ‘all-in-one’ session
The Moto2 class was arguably the most fortunate of the three on Saturday, in terms of track conditions. The intermediate category had its schedule reduced to a single session, lasting 55 minutes and deciding the grid for the Japanese GP.
There was no rain in the runout, but a gradually drying track created an optimum line towards the end. Kallio, Simeon and Zarco were the three to occupy the first row, in a group of riders fighting for the same goal.
They came into this round off a good weekend in Australia, but the confusion surrounding the Japanese round finally took its toll on the MAPFRE Aspar riders today.
Both Jordi Torres and Nico Terol had a good feeling at the start of the session, with a fully wet track, but as the laps went by and the track dried out further, they began to have problems.
Both gave a final push on their last lap to improve their times. Jordi Torres concluded in seventeenth place and Nico Terol in twenty-fifth. Tomorrow, in the dry, they expect to recover the good feeling experienced at Phillip Island and enjoy a good race.
17th Jordi Torres 2.03.051 (21 laps):
“Before our session began, Nico and I were watching the MotoGP and Moto3 sessions and we feared the worst. The situation that we didn’t want was for the track to dry out but stay partially wet, meaning neither one condition nor the other. Our bike becomes very fickle in the wet, and it seems that the rear wants to throw you off on every corner. Under these conditions we must be cautious, because the front gives you a lot of confidence but not the back, and you can be surprised. I tried to ride smoothly and still be as fast as possible, but it was tricky. On the last lap I pushed hard to try to move up the order, but I got caught up with another rider and I lost a lot of time in the final sector. I’m not happy with the result today, but I’m motivated. Tomorrow we have forty minutes to get the bike set up for dry conditions, and although we will be starting from far back we will give our all.”
25th Nico Terol 2.03.954 (23 laps):
“In the qualifying session we bet everything on one card, so to speak, and things did not turn out as expected. At first, with plenty of water on the track, I had a good feeling. But when it started to dry out -theoretically the time in which I would be able to go faster- I got stuck behind, because I didn’t have a good feeling with the bike. It seemed like every time I accelerated the bike wanted to throw me off. Improving our feelings in the wet is something we have to look to do for next year, as it is not the first time we have had this happen. I know that today was hard, but I have to be clear about our chances in the morning if it is dry. We have the chance of having a good race and making a comeback. We will have to fight at our best. Tomorrow we will take our anger out from today, in order to be combative from the start.”
Source: Aspar Media