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MotoGP Aragon: 'Small mistakes' holding back Torres

Jordi Torres made his MotoGP debut at Aragon yesterday and said that even though he found the Avintia Ducati much easier to ride than he has expected, small mistakes had held back his laptimes.

Torres increased his pace by two seconds between free practice one and two with the team winding up the power and down the traction control on each exit. But Torres was having difficulty getting perfect drive on to the straights, which is crucial at Aragon.

“I honestly thought it would be much more difficult to ride in this category and on this bike than it really was. I also want to say that the team made it very easy for me to get used to the bike step by step. They gradually gave me more engine power, taking the traction control back bit by bit, which made the bike always a bit more difficult to tame, but also more enjoyable for me," said Torres.


"It was an exciting day with high expectations from many sides, but I was not satisfied. I am the first one to put pressure on myself. There is no doubt that we should have done lap times around 1’50.6 or 1’50.7 and the fact that we didn’t achieve this is my fault. I am still unable to string a good lap without any small mistakes together, I still need to be more precise and consistent.

"I also didn’t want to take any risks because it wasn’t the day to do that. To get to the point where we are now was relatively easy, but to improve further will be tough. It’s not so much a question of bravery or riding style than to figure out how to cover the straights in the shortest possible. Every time I want to accelerate earlier or brake later, I make mistakes. But I will re-think everything and I hope to get a bit closer.”

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