M2: Catalunyan GP: Team Aspar qualifying report

The signs were that qualifying for the Moto2 race in Barcelona would follow the pattern set by MotoGP and be dominated by one rider but thankfully that didn't turn out to be the case today as a host of pole contenders mounted their challenge in an...

The signs were that qualifying for the Moto2 race in Barcelona would follow the pattern set by MotoGP and be dominated by one rider but thankfully that didn't turn out to be the case today as a host of pole contenders mounted their challenge in an exciting final ten minutes. The race itself promises to be even more entertaining, with the top twenty riders on the grid -- six of them Spanish -- separated by a little over a second.

Mapfre Aspar pair Julián Simón and Mike Di Meglio both suffered the setback of a crash in free practice this morning, the Spaniard losing the front under braking in turn one whilst the Frenchman lost the rear in turn six. With Mapfre competition winner José Trujillo watching from inside the garage, Julián qualified eleventh but was frustrated by the amount of traffic on the track, which prevented him from improving further. Di Meglio, who has shown great form in practice, made a mistake with his tyre choice and even though he has only qualified 21st he is pleased with his set-up and confident he can still fight for a good result tomorrow.

11th Julián Simón 1.48.373 (18 laps):

"I am satisfied with my performance today but the joy is muted by the position on the grid, because I wanted to be further forward. I waited a long time to launch my attack and left it too late, basically. There was a lot of traffic out there and it was difficult to make time up. We'll have to keep working in the warm-up tomorrow because we still don't have the right setting but I am very highly motivated about my second home race of the season. I'm starting from the third row but I know if I get away well I can be within the lead group going into turn one. It will be difficult for anybody to escape tomorrow so I hope I can set a good pace over the opening laps and then stick with the lead group to the end. I crashed this morning when the steering folded on my but I wasn't hurt."

21º Mike Di Meglio 1.48.620 (18 laps):

"I felt very comfortable on the Suter this morning and I'm happy with my own performance. We found a good chassis set-up but I made the mistake of asking my mechanics to let me try a harder tyre this afternoon and it didn't work. It was a shame because I lost my feeling for the bike and couldn't get it to turn. I think if it weren't for that mistake I would have qualified much higher up the grid. Tomorrow during the warm-up I'll go back to the tyre I preferred to try and get my feeing back. Anyway, the bike set-up is perfect and I can be up there tomorrow if I get a good start."

-source: team aspar

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Drivers Julian Simon