Espargaro happy with improved feeling in wet conditions
In similar circumstances to the first day of the San Marino GP two weeks ago, the Aragón GP began with another wet day to kick off the weekend. The MotoGP riders were barely able to put in laps in the morning, owing to an oil spill from a Moto3 rider in the previous session that left turns seven, eight and nine treacherously slippery. Only eight premier class riders took to the track in that particular session, and for the most part they put in no more than ten laps. In the afternoon, rain fell to leave the MotorLand track completely wet –more favourable conditions for getting accustomed to the circuit. The best time of the second session went to Ben Spies.
In top form and with a great feel for their machinery, the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar duo continue to lead the way for the CRT riders –whatever the weather. In the morning, Aleix Espargaró was more intrepid than his teammate and put in eight laps in tricky conditions. Randy De Puniet stayed in the garage in order to avoid unnecessary risks. In the afternoon, the Frenchman was the fastest of the CRT competitors, followed by his teammate 70 thousandths of a second behind. Tomorrow both will be pushing for the best grid position possible, come rain or shine.
13th Aleix Espargaró 2.04.423 (23 laps): “The day went well, despite the rain. In the morning we were unable to ride much, because the track was partially damp. I put in a couple of laps but couldn’t get a good feel for things, because at some points the bike was sliding around a lot. In the afternoon I felt very much at ease in the wet. I am very happy, because I was awful in the wet at the start of the year; at Le Mans I had a nightmare and I was lapped, but I’ve improved and now I feel excellent on a wet track. I’m having a lot of fun in the conditions, which I didn’t expect, so I am satisfied with that and we shall have to work hard tomorrow in order to be as fast as possible in qualifying.”
Source: Aspar Team Press Release