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ALEIX JUST MISSES Q2 AND WILL START ON THE SIXTH ROW, BUT WITH A GOOD PACE

Teams and riders are preparing for what promises to be an extremely heated GP of Andalusia, and not just because of the 42°C forecast for tomorrow in Jerez de la Frontera. With a situation where many riders have a very similar race pace, it will be the details that decide the final result when the chequered flag is waved.

From this point of view, Aleix Espargaró’s optimism has increased after today’s sessions. In FP3 this morning, he pushed his RS-GP to the limit, an effort confirmed by his two crashes (without consequences). His determination went unrewarded and he missed going through to Q2 by just 17 thousandths, whereas in FP4, the Spanish rider did a good job preparing for the race.

In Q1, on the other hand, he was only a few tenths of a second behind the first four rows: Aleix finished sixteenth at 1’37.885.

Bradley Smith struggled, a bit slower and still looking for the setup combination that will give him the right feeling astride the new Aprilia RS-GP. The goal for tomorrow, both in terms of sensations and in terms of the gap behind the leaders, is to improve on last weekend’s result here on the same track, compared with last weekend’s.

ALEIX ESPARGARO’
“This morning, I tried everything I could to get Aprilia into the top 10 and we really came very close. Unfortunately, on the flying lap we are still not perfectly at ease, whereas it’s a different story if we look at our race pace. I felt pretty good during FP4. I think that battling for a top-ten position is within our potential. The temperatures already went up today and tomorrow it will be even hotter. It will be a very demanding race.”
BRADLEY SMITH
“We tried a lot of setups to improve the areas where we have the greatest limitations, but we still haven’t found the right path. In these situations, you can choose not to change too much on the bike and not take a risk, or you can try different geometries and settings. To be honest, I prefer the second option. Unfortunately, when we improve one aspect, we make another worse, and that is complicating our weekend a bit. We have to set reasonable goals for ourselves and what we need to do tomorrow is try to improve compared to last week’s race.”

 


ALEIX JUST MISSES Q2 AND WILL START ON THE SIXTH ROW, BUT WITH A GOOD PACE - Gresini Racing
ALEIX JUST MISSES Q2 AND WILL START ON THE SIXTH ROW, BUT WITH A GOOD PACE - Gresini Racing
ALEIX JUST MISSES Q2 AND WILL START ON THE SIXTH ROW, BUT WITH A GOOD PACE - Gresini Racing

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