After its opening in Qatar, the championship comes back to Europe with the Spanish GP of Jerez de la Frontera. The 125cc class opens the event with the first qualifying practice. Thanks to the great weather conditions, the bikes performed in a brilliant and balanced way, with the first sixteen riders in the span of just a second.
Nico Terol, on his RS of the Jack & Jones WRB team, got the provisional pole with the time of 1’48”078. The young Spaniard proved to be extremely fast since his free practice in the morning, when he set his best time, showing to have achieved the maturity to reach important goals. 0”259 Behind him is his team mate Simone Corsi, on his RSA. The two riders have engaged in tight duel for the entire session, alternatively taking the lead. The Roman rider got his little finger of the left hand hurt at the end of the free practice, luckily with no conseaquences on his participation to the GP. Smith, on his RSA of the Polaris World team, got the third position. The English rider seemed to have found some difficuties and only managed to set his time of 1’48”370 during the last lap. His performance appeared to be a bit weak, which is quite unusual as he has always been extremely fast on this track during the entire winter tests. Stefan Bradl completes the first provisional row, confirming that his third place in Qatar was not a random event, ma rather the result of his good performances.
“Honestly I was not expecting it at all – said Terol – I knew I could perform well, but this provisionla pole really made my day. I am very fast, I was lapping alone and the thime I set is my best performance here in Jerez. Despite my bike slipping a bit behind, I have a great pace. We are following the right path and we need to continue doing so. I want to thank my team for the work they are doing. I am confident this is going to be quite a satisfactory week end”.
“I am very happy – said Corsi – we have made some adjustments since the GP in Qater with good results. The pace is good but there is still room for improvement. We have some problems with the grip as there are many holes, but this is the same for everybody. My hand hurts but it does not stop me from being fast”.
Pol Espargaro’s Derbi is in the fifth position followed by Stevie Bonsey, the US rider on his RS of the Dutch team Degraaf, with the time of 1’48”620. The English rider Redding is nineth, followed by Gadea and Talmacsi. Iannone is twentyfirst, Lacalendola twentisixth, while Bianco finished in the last position because of a technical problem occurred after the first three laps.