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Now that Casey Stoner is no longer on the MotoGP grid, other riders are attempting to dominate at Phillip Island this year. Lorenzo was... A mix of issues hinder Aleix Espargaro on Phillip Island day one

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Now that Casey Stoner is no longer on the MotoGP grid, other riders are attempting to dominate at Phillip Island this year. Lorenzo was the first to show his cards, dominating the first two practice sessions for the Australia GP.

Neither Marquez nor Pedrosa, his main rivals in MotoGP caused too many problems in the afternoon run. The former crashed early on, whilst the latter suffered a mechanical issue. The Phillip Island circuit had its asphalt re-laid in December of last year, and despite today being the first day, the best time in MotoGP -1.28.961 for Lorenzo- was very close to the record of 1.28.665.

Aleix Espargaró was not as competitive as in recent rounds. The lack of feeling with the front end forced him to slow down in the opening session, and an incident with the engine of his first bike prevented him from improving in the afternoon. Nevertheless, the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider finished in thirteenth place, just over two seconds behind Lorenzo.

13th Aleix Espargaró 1.31.091 (35 laps):
“The truth is that today the day did not go as expected. In the first session I did not feel comfortable on the bike, so we planned some changes for the second session. We tried to improve the feel of the front end, in order to allow us to brake later. At the start of the afternoon we had an issue with the engine that forced us to go out on track with the second bike, but the feeling was different so I did not go as fast as intended. Today we had a repeat of what happened last season; the first day at Phillip Island was a strange one for us.”

Source: Aspar Media