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Moto2: Nico Terol - Q&A

An Aspar Team generated interview with Moto2 race winner Nico Terol...
2011 125cc world champion Nico Terol was one of the big improvers of this year's Moto2 season, scoring over four times as many points as during his rookie year - including three wins for the Aspar Suter team...

Q:
Did you imagine you could end the season with a win in Valencia?

Nico Terol:
I knew I had a chance because I love the Ricardo Tormo circuit and it has always been good to me. I had the podium from last year still fresh in my mind and I was convinced I could do it again, although I wasn't sure if I could win because in Moto2 it's really tough. My pace was good in practice but I needed a little extra, which we found on Saturday afternoon and then on Sunday morning in warm-up, when the set-up became clear. I went fastest in that session and knew I had a chance of winning the race.

Q:
You have scored podiums there, won a title there, even have a corner named after you there but never won a race at the Ricardo Tormo circuit. Was it a case of unfinished business for you?

Nico Terol:
Partly, yes. All of those prior successes had been incredible in their own way but I wanted to win. To be crowned World Champion at the Ricardo Tormo circuit was amazing for me. That was a race I thought I could have won but my tyres dropped off and I had to ride conservatively and think about the championship. I wouldn't change anything about that 125 title win in 2011 but I always wondered what it might be like to win in my home race and finally I got that chance. It was an incredible feeling.

Q:
What is it like to win at the Ricardo Tormo circuit?

Nico Terol:
Crossing that line and seeing all your team on the pit wall is something special, and I was extra lucky this year because the grandstands were packed. As soon as I got to turn one on the cool down lap I started waving to them and then in Doohan corner I was able to light the 'traca', run over to the stands and show my appreciation to the fans for their support. The circuit felt like it was shaking, it was wonderful. I enjoyed myself like a little kid; to end the season with a win is an extra bonus in terms of getting ready for next season.

Q:
You ended up missing out on the lap record at Valencia by just two-thousandths of a second to your team-mate Jordi Torres. It seems you have a fantastic relationship with him even though you are rivals.

Nico Terol:
I have a great relationship with Jordi both on and off the track. As soon as we put our leathers on we both know it is time to be serious and to work hard but other than that we are always joking around and having fun. We have a close relationship and I know I can talk to him about anything, although mainly we talk about bikes!

The fact we are both fast is helping us a lot, we have a healthy rivalry that is pushing us both on and making sure we constantly improve. Obviously on the track the first person you have to look after is yourself but if we can help each other out we always do. On a personal level I would say I am more shy and Jordi is more outgoing but we complement each other well. We both know how tough it has been to get where we are and that is why we both work so hard. The fact we are both straightforward guys means we can get along just fine.

Q:
If Pol hadn't crashed do you think you would have had to ride differently?

Nico Terol:
I don't think so. I could see from behind that Espargaró was riding a little over the limit and I was pulling back a tenth or two in certain sections. I reckoned that the way he was attacking the race would eventually take its toll on his tyres, and tyre wear had been a problem all weekend for the Kalex riders. So my plan was always to stay calm and to keep pushing all race, which is exactly what I continued to do once he crashed.

Q:
Three wins, a second place and your first pole position in Moto2... how do you rate the season?

Nico Terol:



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