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Torres shines on Tech 3 Racing debut

  Date: Sunday 03 June, 2012
Spanish rider Jordi Torres using GBRacing engine case covers - came within 0.124s of a fantastic top 10 Moto2 qualifying result in baking hot conditions this afternoon ahead of the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya.

Torres has expertly adapted to the Tech 3 Racing Team's Mistral 610 machine, despite only having a brief chance to familiarise himself with the French designed and built Moto2 machine in testing at the Ales track earlier this week.

Torres put his extensive knowledge of the technically challenging Catalunya circuit to good use this afternoon in a qualifyi ng session that took place in sweltering temperatures that nudged over the 30 degrees mark.

A best lap of 1.47.239 put Torres in 11th position on the grid and he was only 0.124s behind experienced Alex de Angelis and less than 0.5s from the top five.

With the support of a large home crowd behind him tomorrow, Torres is confident he will be able to challenge for his first World Championship points in the 23-lap race.

will start from two places further back on the grid in 13th place. The British rider set a best time of 1.47.423 having been unable to find the same positive feeling with his Mistral 610 machine he had during the Ales test session in France.

The 21-year-old though remains in high spirits and determined to battle for a top six res ult in the fifth round of the 2012 Moto2 World Championship.

Jordi Torres 11th 1.47.239 18 laps: I am really happy to be so high up the grid and want to thank the Tech 3 Racing Team for doing an amazing job. They have really helped me adapt to the Mistral 610 quickly and be very close to the top five in my first weekend on the bike. It has not been an easy task because I am a bit heavier than Bradley and Xavier, so we had no reference to use from their data. But the bike has been working well and I could push with a lot of confidence. I have gone faster in every session and hope to do the same tomorrow in the race. I will be doing the best job I possibly can for Tech 3 Racing and it would be fantastic to finish in the points.

Bradley Smith 13th 1.47.423 18 laps: I suppose I have to be happy because I am much higher up the grid than I was in Le Mans. But I thought doing a lot of laps at the test in Ales would put us in a better position and unfortunately that hasn't been the case. We will check the setting we have used at other tracks and maybe use that for the race, but I still expect to be battling in the second group. That would be for the top six, so I need to make a good start and be very aggressive in the early part of the race. Tyre management is going to vital if the conditions are really hot again, so it will be a case of being aggressive without wearing the tyres too quickly.