MotoE: Meet the Riders #8 – Nicolas Terol

Nico Terol is a 30-year-old Spanish motorcycle rider who made his name in the lower 125cc class by finishing 3rd and 2nd in 2009 and 2010 before eventually winning the title in 2011. Terol will join Herrera in the Angel Nieto MotoE team for the 2019 season.

Terol began his professional racing career in 2005 with the Caja Madrid – Derbi Racing team in the 125cc championship. In the 13 races he competed in, Terol ended the season with 1 single point to his name and remained with the team for the following season.

In 2006, Terol scored 53 points which pushed him up to 14th in the overall rankings with his best result coming at Sachsenring and Brno (7th). Terol remained with the Derbi squad for the next season but a disastrous season left the Valencian down in 22nd position.

Terol then got a chance to ride for the Jack & Jones WRB Aprilia 125cc machine and took his debut podium at the 2nd round in Jerez and backed it up with a 3rd position at the following round in Estoril. Terol scored his debut win at the American round of the season and went on to finish the year in 5th overall.

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The following season Terol went on to win the Czech round finishing 3rd overall taking 2 podiums on the way. The following season, Terol had the best season of his Career with just 3 races ended outside the top 3, finishing 11 times on the podium.

2011 was Terol’s final season in the 125cc class before making the step up to the Moto2 class after clinching his maiden World Championship. Terol won 8 races in the 2011 season with three 2nd place finishes.

In 2012 Terol made the step up to the Moto2 World Championship and finished 17th position and stood on the podium in his debut season at the final round in at his home circuit in Valencia. Previous to the podium, Terol’s best result was a 12th at Brno and Aragon.

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Terol remained with the Mapfre Aspar Team for 2013 and won his debut Moto2 race at the American Grand Prix at Austin. Terol had a good second season in the intermediate class, standing on the podium 4 times, resulting in 7th place in the championship at the end of the season.

The final season in Moto2 was a disappointing season, finishing the season 28th in the championship with just 2 points to his name, despite the very impressive season the year before.

The 2015 season saw Terol move over to the World Superbike Championship onboard a Ducati, but after a tough year, Nico split with the team partway through the year. It wasn’t long before Terol returned to racing however after being called in on the Supersport MV Agusta for the remaining few rounds of the 2015 season.

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Terol remained with the MV Squad in the World Supersport championship and finished on the podium at the third round in Aragon. Terol’s season ended prematurely after DNFing in Malaysia and Donington and finished 18th at what would be his final race.

Terol will partner MS Yamaha World Supersport rider Maria Herrera onboard the Angel Nieto Aspar Energica bike for the inaugural season of the MotoE World Cup.

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