Crash in opening minutes relegates Espargaro to 21st
Pol Espargaro has not been lucky on the second day of practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. He suffered a crash in the opening minutes of the official qualifying and had almost no time to get a good lap. The rider of HP Tuenti Racing, fifth on the opening day in Japan, has not been able to improve on his time from yesterday and was relegated to 21st place, which will force him to start the race from the seventh row on the grid.
Polyccio has crashed just after the session started, touching the dirt with his rear wheel and tumbling over the middle of the finish straight. Despite being able to return to the box and the work from his team, he was unable to avoid finishing in such a low position, partly because the bike was not ready and in part due to the lack of pace compared to his rivals.
21. Pol Espargaro, 1.53’532
“It was a shame because I was convinced to get onto the first two or three rows. I didn’t risk anything, but on that corner a lot of riders crashed and it happened to me the least opportune moment. Fortunately I was able to cross the track and take the bike to the box, but despite the great work of the mechanics, as I returned to the track I could not fight for the Top 10. The race has now become very difficult, more so after the good first day, but I will try to make a good start, make up as many positions as possible and score points.”
Source: HP Tuenti Racing