Great sessions for Aleix Espargaró on the qualifying day in Mugello ahead of the MotoGP Italian GP which will be held tomorrow on the Tuscan track.

Forced to go through Q1 due to an unfortunate free practice session and still suffering with his recently operated arm, Aleix took second in the first session valid for deciding the grid line-up, sending him through to Q2 where he then gave the best of himself in the decisive session.

With a fantastic time of 1’45.538, Aleix finished fourth, missing a spot on the front row by just 106 thousandths of a second and, perhaps an even more significant number, 35 hundredths behind the pole position time which demolished the Mugello record.

An outstanding placement that testifies to the progress made by the Aprilia RS-GP which, even on the highly worrisome test bench of the Tuscan track, confirms its competitiveness in the top end of the standings. This placement, on the best spot of the second row, is also the best ever in qualifying in MotoGP for the Italian bike.

Lorenzo Savadori had lapped at 1’46.4 during the morning free practice session, demonstrating progressive improvement in his performance. However, his best lap in qualifying was cancelled by race direction and he was unable to replicate that time which, well within his potential, would have moved him farther up on the grid than the seventh row, where he’ll start tomorrow.

“This was a demanding day for me. We missed going straight through to Q2 this morning due to a problem and that forced me to do an extra session, which is certainly not ideal for the situation with my arm. Then, the bad accident in Moto3 shook me up. I am a father and certain things strike me particularly hard. In any case, I was able to refocus well enough to go through Q1 and do two great laps in Q2 as well. Taking the Aprilia this high here in Mugello is a source of great satisfaction for me. I am extremely satisfied with my performance in all conditions. It will be a difficult race tomorrow. I’ll most probably have to grit my teeth and we’ll have to manage rear tyre wear. But I won’t rule out any result.”
“I’m happy with the way the day went, but at the same time, I was disappointed by the qualifiers, especially because my fastest lap was cancelled and, quite honestly, I couldn’t say why. The positive side is that, on a track I had never tackled on a MotoGP bike, I was still able to reduce the gap behind the leaders, and we’re talking about riders who are going extremely fast. Including my teammate, Alex, who was extraordinary again today, which gives me the confidence that I can still improve astride the RS-GP.”