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Mapfre Aspar Riders In Fine Form On Day One In Valencia
Posted by: newsla on Feb 12, 2014 - 06:19 AM
Mapfre Aspar Riders In Fine Form On Day One In Valencia

Although some early birds had already ridden in early February in private tests in Valencia and Almeria, the real kick-off to the preseason began today at the Valencia circuit. At 10am the first of nine days of testing began, ahead of the season’s start in Qatar in late March. Valencia, two visits to Jerez for some riders and a trip to Australia for others will make up the Moto2 preseason. Valencia welcomed all teams with some cold conditions which left times somewhat slower than usual. The MAPFRE Aspar riders had the privilege of riding in Valencia last week to test their new material for the 2014 season and loosen up after the winter break. Today, they continued to gain a feel with the new 2014 Suter chassis. Jordi Torres and Nico Terol were two of the fastest Moto2 riders on this first day, concluding with the second and fourth fastest times, respectively. The cold made them err on the side of caution late in the afternoon, and they chose to end the day at 3pm. Torres completed 41 laps and his best time was set at 1.36.207. Terol put in 37 laps and his best time was a 1.36.459.


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2nd Jordi Torres 1.36.207 (41 laps): "This winter I worked hard to get ready and start the preseason at my peak. Last year Nico and I concluded the season very well and I think we are now doing a good job as well. We worked all day with the 2014 chassis and we were always high up the order. The feeling was good; the new bike is similar to last year’s, maybe a little more precise, in the sense that it is easier to get data from it. Although we are taking small steps forward, we are going in the right direction and that's the most important thing. Today it was very cold, so in general that’s why we weren’t faster. The aim was to check that everything was in its right place. The plan for the rest of the days is to try to get the bike to corner better at full lean. Last week we found a good feeling when entering corners. Now it's a matter of improving when exiting them to gain time."

4th Nico Terol 1.36.459 (37 laps): "On Sunday I injured my arm while training and needed six stitches on my right forearm. I had some doubts about my performance today but as soon as I got on the bike I felt good. It just bothered me a little on the right hand corners. The feeling with the bike 2014, despite the wind and cold, has been quite positive. We still need to put in more miles, more work is needed to improve our grip and the bike is sliding a bit on the right handers. We ended the day early, as with the cold and the humidity it was stupid to risk crashing. We still have two days ahead, which supposedly will be under improved conditions. The base of the new bike is very good, I can feel more stiffness on the front, which gives me confidence when cornering fast. The new chassis also provides more grip."

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