Unproductive day for Espargaro as poor track conditions leave him sitting in the garage
Only thirteen MotoGP riders put in laps at Misano today, whilst the remainder of the field opted against taking risks. Cold, wet and windy conditions were the main focal points of the opening day of the San Marino GP. Adverse weather meant that most riders preferred to sit out Friday and avoid any nasty surprises, and amongst the absentees were the two title contenders. With conditions neither fully wet nor fully dry, today was something of a wasted day for the premier class competitors.
Randy De Puniet rode two laps and Aleix Espargaró none, as the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar team took a cautious approach to things at Misano today. With the asphalt too precarious in the two practice sessions, both preferred to use the day to plan out a strategy in the garage with their mechanics.
Aleix Espargaró: “We weren’t able to do anything today. For the entire day it seemed as if the track would dry out and we could go out with slick tyres, but in the end it stayed damp and you couldn’t work. When the track is neither dry nor wet it makes it difficult to try things, so we stayed in the garage talking with the mechanics in order to plan for tomorrow. It looks as if things will improve for tomorrow, so hopefully we will be able to work normally then.”
Source: Aspar Team Press Release