Good pace and third row start for Espargaro at Misano
Pol Espargaro has knocked on the doors of the first row in the Moto2 grid before he made a mistake in the last corner when he was on course to post a 1’38.3.
The HP Tuenti rider managed a laptime of 1’38.647 in the end and will start from third row with the ninth fastest time, but he is optimistic about his pace in the final stage of the session, with up to five consecutive 1.38s.
Polyccio, who stood on the podium last Sunday at Indianapolis, the first in Moto2 and his 22nd overall, has taken a major step forward in recent events and hopes to confirm it again tomorrow on a circuit where two years he crashed out on the last corner when he was on brink of victory. The weekend so far was not easy at all, not finding the ideal gear ratio until the last moments of the qualifying session and with the second and final set of soft tyres. Tomorrow’s race will begin at 12.15 PM.
9. Pol Espargaro, 1.38.647
“It was a pity because when I was on my best lap I made a mistake at the last corner, I was about to crash and I lost three tenths which could have gotten me into the first row of the grid. It was hard for us to find the right gear ratio and we have done that in the last minutes of the session, just in time to take the second set of soft tyres and also achieving a number of laps in 1.38 that make us optimistic for the race. I would have preferred to start from the second row of the grid, but I qualified for the third and the start has to be good to keep the positions and continue with options to return to the podium like a few days ago in Indianapolis. The race will be very hard, also with the heat and humidity, but I’m in high spirits and with confidence that comes back to me with every practice in the front group.”
Source: HP Tuenti Racing