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ALEIX FAST STRAIGHT AWAY ON THE HUNT FOR A TOP-TEN SPOT IN EXTREMELY CLOSE STANDINGS

The second MotoGP weekend at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia got off to a well-balanced start, with combined standings that were the best possible advertisement for motorcycle racing. Despite lapping with an outstanding pace, no less than nineteen riders were packed into a one-second gap. And, at the top of the standings, the gaps were reduced to thousandths of a second.

As Aleix Espargaró’s eleventh place illustrates. Encouraged by an excellent feeling with his Aprilia, Aleix did his best time in FP2 at 1’30.989, just 21 thousandths behind a top-10 spot and a tenth behind the top 5.

Lorenzo Savadori’s apprenticeship continues on this first day, aided by the cooperative weather. The Italian rider improved greatly between the two sessions, not only in terms of lap times, but also when it comes to his feeling with the RS-GP. He is still lacking a bit of confidence with a new tyre, so Lorenzo and his team will be focusing efforts on that tomorrow.

ALEIX ESPARGARO’
“It was a positive day. I was very fast, but with these gaps, not enough for the top 10. The pace with the medium tyre is definitely good, whereas with the soft tyre I did a fast, but not perfect lap. We are all very close, but I feel good – as good as I did last weekend. Now I need to stay focused and keep going in this direction.”
LORENZO SAVADORI
“Honestly, a good day. I was able to improve both my feeling and my lap times between the two sessions. The phase I need to work on right now is braking. I don’t have the confidence to push to the limit in that area, especially because of my lack of experience with this bike. I feel better on a used tyre than on the new one, precisely because I don’t have the confidence to be able to fully exploit the grip. These will be the points where we’ll focus our work.”

ALEIX FAST STRAIGHT AWAY ON THE HUNT FOR A TOP-TEN SPOT IN EXTREMELY CLOSE STANDINGS - Gresini Racing
ALEIX FAST STRAIGHT AWAY ON THE HUNT FOR A TOP-TEN SPOT IN EXTREMELY CLOSE STANDINGS - Gresini Racing

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