This morning at the circuit of Mugello the Italian Grand Prix has begun, again with the arrival of rain, something that luckily this time has not affected the two practice sessions of Moto2. On the new asphalt of the Italian track Aleix Espargaro had a very good performance in the first session which he finished fourth, but wasn’t able to confirm that good feeling in the second practice due to some changes to the bike that did not have the expected result. Still, Espargaró lapped almost three tenths faster, finishing in the combined laptimes with the tenth fastest time, less than a second behind the fastest rider.
Unlike his teammate, Axel Pons has improved significantly from morning to afternoon. Pons used the first free practice to regain feeling with his Kalex after the crash in the last race, and with some changes to the setup he has been able to improve his laptime by a second and a half. The rider from Barcelona plans to test some more improvements in the last free session in the morning which should allow him to take a step forward before the qualifying.
#40. Aleix Espargaro: 10 – 1’54’178
“In the morning things went pretty well, although we had a little problem on the bike that we tried to solve with a few changes before the afternoon. But they didn’t work too well. It was nothing serious, I just lacked some grip with the front wheel in the fast corners, but what we’ve tried didn’t feel good for me. We have also lost some time trying out the two rear tyres. Anyway, it’s only Friday and it’s the time that we have to do the tests. In addition, we are not far from the front and I think tomorrow we can improve more. Luckily no rain caught us this time and let’s see if tomorrow we can continue things. In the free practice tomorrow we have to go with the clear idea of what tyre to use for the race and in the qualifying the objective to be satisfied must be to get into the first row.”
#80. Axel Pons: 18 – 1’54’620
“The first session was a little difficult. I came just from crashing in Assen and I suppose that made it a little hard for me to get a good feeling. Partly this also seems to be on of the most difficult circuits in the world championship and I was a little lost. Everything has improved in the second free practice, also thanks to some changes in the setup that worked well. Today I was riding very fast, in fact, I have improved my time from last year by almost two seconds, under the lap record, indicating the level of the category. I think it also helped that the new asphalt has a lot of grip. Anyway, I’m not where I want to be and I hope that with the changes that we’ll do I can improve, although most of the improvement should come from me.”
Source: Pons Racing
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