Latest Moto2 News: Moto2 - News - 20/02/2013
Nico Terol keeps preseason form up at Circuito de Jerez
ASPAR Team rider goes fastest in opening day of testing at Jerez, whilst Jordi Torres clocks ninth best time.
Five days after concluding the first test of the year in Valencia, the Moto2 and Moto3 riders were reunited once again today at Jerez. This week sees three days of testing in Southern Spain, running until Thursday. Rain heavily affected proceedings, as it left the track wet enough to not provide regular riding conditions. Nevertheless, three Spaniards were once again at the top of the timesheets: Nico Terol, Pol Espargaró and Julián Simón.
For the second consecutive test, ASPAR Team rider Nico Terol kicked things off with the fastest time. The Spaniard has had a great start to the preseason, showing that he is one of the men to watch in Moto2 this year. Today he was the fastest on the damp track, stopping the clock in 1'53.831 during the Moto2-only session. He concluded his day's work at around 4:30pm.
Teammate Jordi Torres also showed an excellent level in difficult conditions. Just like Terol, Torres began riding from noon until around 4pm, completing 56 laps with a best time of 1'55.101. Torres also experimented with rear end setup, as he looked to gain traction on a wet track.
1º Nico Terol 1.53.831 (45 laps):
"I am very happy, because I felt very good riding in the wet today with my new Suter chassis. At the start of the day I took things calmly, but later on I easily picked up the pace. In fact, in the Moto2-only session I felt so comfortable that I pushed hard to see how far I could go. I of course left room for error and didn't take unnecessary risks. Afterwards we decided not to go out in the final combined session. Last week we started well in Valencia, today we were back in front despite the rain, so I am satisfied. I feel good and I intend to continue like this. In any case, we have to keep our feet on the ground continue with our working method and focus on getting used to the developments. I hope that tomorrow we can ride in the dry and that our magnificent feeling continues."
9º Jordi Torres 1.55.101 (56 laps):
"This morning we began with a wet setup, as we knew that the conditions were not going to vary all day. It was good for me, to have a day in wet conditions and test out my feeling on the bike. In the morning we lost a lot of rear grip under braking, so we worked on resolving that issue. At the end of the morning we had found a way, improved considerably and finished third fastest. In the Moto2-only session we made a radical change to try and get even more rear grip, but I preferred the way that we used in the morning. We stopped at 4pm, the mechanics are now putting on the old chassis and tomorrow we will do a few tests with that. The forecast is dry, so let's hope that it's right."
Press release supplied by : Aspar Team Media