A Conversation With ... Nicolas Terol, Sandro Cortese, Pol Espargaro
MODERATOR: We have the podium finishes then in the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, 125cc race. In third position, Pol Espargaro from Spain; in second position, Sandro Cortese from Germany; and our race winner today is Nico Terol, another rider from Spain from the Bancaja Aspar team.
We'll start with our race winner. We know that Moto2 is about to get underway but we'll carry on regardless.
First of all, Nico, congratulations. Second win in succession in the championship, your second win at Indianapolis as well. But how important is this for the championship, after the injury to win two races, the championship is now wide open again.
NICOLAS TEROL: (Responds in Spanish).
MODERATOR: So Nico just explaining he's delighted, of course, to take his second victory here at Indianapolis and his second victory in a row. He says it was a really difficult race out there today. He didn't get a great start and he was trying to just close as much as he could on Marc Marquez, but Efren Vazquez came through a couple of times on him and that's when he lost a bit of room to Marquez. It was very, very hard to do that. In the end what he was trying to do is put pressure on to keep the gap as close as he could. Marc made a mistake and crashed, and he's sorry for that, but that's racing. He says that's what happens. He just wanted to stay focused, stay concentrated to get to the end of the race. He's delight with win, wants to thank the team. He gives congratulations to his team manager, Jorge Martinez as well; his birthday is today. He says he can't do better than he has done today. Well done, Nico. Congratulations.
Second place today, Sandro Cortese. Congratulations, Sandro. Equally your best result in Grand Prix but you didn't get a great start to the race, did you?
SANDRO CORTESE: Yes, it was very, very difficult. I think the first meters were quite OK, but then I just let the clutch too early go and after the first lap I was maybe 12th or something and then I had to fight back. It was very, very tough because at the beginning I had this good rhythm, high (1:) 50s and 49s at the end. But then I just thought, OK, the front didn't have this high space like in the qualifying. So I had a good rhythm, hold all the time, certain times what I could do. At the end I was lucky to go home with the second place.
MODERATOR: Congratulations, Sandro. Well done.
Pol Espargaro in third place, will take his eyes off Moto2 for a second. It's been red-flagged anyway, so I think there will be another restart. Congratulations, Pol, on the podium. How difficult has your weekend? It's not been easy, a crash and just finding the circuit difficult this weekend.
POL ESPARGARO: So, so hard for us, for our time. The third position is important for the championship but is important for us for the weekend. I think it was a very difficult weekend for the tires and the chassis.
Finally, we take this morning maybe just a small confidence that we need to do a good race. And I start thinking always about the championship, but when I see Marquez crash, all changed and four, five, six position was good for me. So I'm so happy for that. I'm happy because we are so close in the championship and that is the most important at the final at the race.
MODERATOR: Congratulations, Pol.
For those who don't know, Marc Marquez was relegated down to tenth position after he made the illegal maneuver on the 22nd lap and got a 20-second penalty.
Do we have any questions at all from anyone? No? OK. Well done to all three of you this afternoon.