Aleix Espargaro qualifies 13th despite FP4 crash

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Marc Márquez back up his free practice dominance with a new MotoGP pole record at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this afternoon, the Spaniard clocking a 1’38.4 on just his second lap of qualifying practice before improving to a stunning 1’37.958. As such Márquez is a narrow favourite for the win tomorrow although he will no doubt have to contend with fellow title chasers Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, who will line up alongside him on the front row.

POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider Aleix Espargaró suffered a crash in the final turn during FP4 and after a quick visit to the medical centre he was back on track just a few minutes later to set the third fastest time of Q1 and secure thirteenth place on tomorrow’s grid. The Spaniard returned to the medical centre after the session but x-rays showed up no fractures, although his fingers and left knee suffered heavy impacts. Randy De Puniet has struggled to find his pace here this weekend and is hoping to make some improvements before the race tomorrow after qualifying fifteenth fastest, two places behind his team-mate on the fifth row.

13th Aleix Espargaró 1.40.444:
“Apart from the crash in the last free practice I am happy with the work we did today. My mechanics did a great job to get me back out in qualifying, as did the medical centre staff who even came to the garage to give me treatment. I want to give them all my sincere thanks. I couldn’t brake as hard as normal because of the pain in my hands but I don’t want to make any excuses because I was riding okay. Sometimes the thing that makes this sport so attractive – the adrenaline – can also make it dangerous. Luckily I wasn’t hurt in a crash that could have been bad so now I am looking forward to a good race tomorrow.”

Source: Aspar Media

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