Nico Terol: Bouncing back

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Thursday, 3 October 2013

Nico Terol received a huge confidence boost in Aragón, picking up his second victory of 2013 but this time from pole position. Bouncing back from a lactose intolerance, this was a real turning point for the Aspar Team Moto2 rider…

This was no fluke for the Spaniard who had celebrated his 25th birthday on the day of Friday practice at MotorLand. It was, all things concerned, a rather positive weekend.

“Before the weekend we had tested in Alcarras and I knew we had found something very positive with the bike – the grip and feeling was excellent,” Terol recalls to motogp.com. “Even so, dreaming of such a complete weekend was unimaginable.”

The result was all the more remarkable when considering Terol has been suffering from a lactose intolerance - the same condition as experienced by Casey Stoner during the 2009 MotoGP™ season - and may explain his recent slump in form.

“I have an eating disorder and have recently been ending races absolutely finished, just dead and sweating a lot,” continues the 125 World Champion of 2011.

“They detected a lactose intolerance and the doctors are continuing to look into it, but with my revised diet I am improving a lot and generally feeling much better – that is the positive thing. The previous races were really difficult, but I like Aragón and I knew it could be a turning point for me.

“I was ready for battle. At the previous race I had fought for tenth place and then, in Aragón, I was doing exactly the same job but leading the way. It shows just how tight things are in this category. It’s great for the viewers, but very tough for us!”

Four races remain in 2013. Scott Redding continues to lead the Moto2™ standings, with Terol now eighth overall and only five points behind France’s Johann Zarco.

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