28 November 2013
Moto2: Jordi Torres - Q&A
An Aspar Team generated interview with 2013 rookie Moto2 race winner Jordi Torres…
As well as his Sachsenring win, Jordi Torres took two further podiums in the final three events and was the 2013 Moto2 Rookie of the Year…
Did you think it was possible to finish the season in such a strong way?
No, it was a real pleasure for me to have been able to finish the season like that. Not just me but Nico too – it is a great privilege to be team-mates and friends with him. I think it was important for the whole Mapfre Aspar Team. Even though we were both up there throughout practice at Valencia it is still rare in a category as close as Moto2 to have team-mates finish first and second, especially in their home race.
But normally whenever Nico or myself are up at the front the other one is there too and that shows the intentions and the hard work of the team. It proves that we are doing a good job. From my point of view I went to Valencia with a question mark over my injured foot but luckily everything went perfectly.
What did you do in the week prior to the grand prix to speed up the recovery of your foot?
First of all I spent every day without my shoe on, just a sock. Secondly I was very careful to treat the injury every day to avoid infections or complications. As much as it was a grind to go to the surgery every day I was well looked after by Dr. Anna Carreras, who applied the necessary treatment and creams at every stage of the recovery process. Whenever it got too much I would take anti-inflammatories to reduce the swelling.
If you didn't get held up at the start of the race at Valencia do you think you could have won?
It is easy to speculate in hindsight... I don't know. Nico and I had a very similar pace and we were consistent all weekend. Our fastest laps in the race were virtually identical, just two thousandths of a second difference, but Nico took off like a rocket and I struggled to get away from Aegerter and Luthi. We can be very proud, I think we did a great job in terms of the performance and result. Also I don't want to take anything away from Nico, who put together a perfect race from start to finish.
You mentioned the fastest lap - do you realise you are actually now the Moto2 lap record holder at Valencia?
They had better give me a watch then [laughs]! In all seriousness it is nice, not just for the record but because we did a great job in Valencia and the lap record and second place were the reward for that. I think it says a lot about our intentions for Moto2 next season. We want to keep growing and pushing hard.
Victory in Germany, third place in Australia and second at Valencia. Three podiums in your first full season at this level...
I am very satisfied. I think we can still improve in certain areas but we have different strengths to our rivals, such as our corner speed, which is very high. On the other hand I need to learn when to take risks, when to be more decisive. This season was very important for us and as well as the podiums we gathered a lot of information that will allow us to be more flexible next season in terms of setting the bike up.
This year every circuit was a new challenge, especially the ones I had never been to before, and we got a little lost in the three races after the summer break. In general it was an awesome season because I learnt a lot, I consolidated my relationship with the team and also my relationship with Nico, which is fabulous.
You were also Rookie of the Year by some margin…
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