Espargaro in second row despite difficulties while crash relegates Pons to 34th
Like yesterday the rain has starred in the second day of practice for the Dutch Grand Prix. The Moto2 riders were able to ride in the dry for the first half of the qualifying and then had to return to the box once it has started raining. Under these conditions Aleix Espargaro been able to use the early stages of the session to do a laptime which put him on the second row of the grid for the race tomorrow, just over six tenths off pole. A good result for the rider from Granollers, but despite this he still has some doubts about riding in the wet. Worse luck for Axel Pons who suffered a crash after just a couple of laps and could not get back on track before it started to rain which determined his final result.
Tomorrow’s race will be held from at 13.15 in the afternoon.
#40. Aleix Espargaro: 6° – 1’39’962
Considering the difficulties today, the result we achieved, sixth, is pretty good. Although I’m a little sorry not to be a little better placed at a circuit which is my favorite. Luckily I was able to ride a few laps in the dry, because I have to admit that I am not doing very well in the wet. The circumstances in which we have been riding have not been easy and we had this over several races this year. Tomorrow, if it rains, I hope to improve a little during the warmup. I still can not get a good feeling and even though I improved a bit yesterday I can not be as fast as I was in the past.”
#80. Axel Pons: 34° – 1’42’682
“Thankfully this morning we were able to ride in the dry. At first it took me a while to find a good feeling, because last year I could not be in the race after breaking both wrists in practice. This made it a little more difficult. For this afternoon we made some changes in the setting which in the first two laps I did I liked a lot. I was confident with the bike and felt good. But a rider in front of me closed the line and I could not pass, I braked too heavily, I leaned over and the front folded. I only did three laps and as I went back out it was raining again. At the end I was left far behind. The approach for the race will be the same whether it is dry or wet, I have to get a good start and improve as many positions as possible.”
Source: Pons Racing