Mixed first day for Pons and Espargaró at Valencia

 In Moto2, News

With two wet practice sessions the final round of the 2011 season started this morning at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, with mixed results for the HP Pons 40 riders.

The first session started without rain, but with a damp track after a lot of rain fell during the night and early morning, which complicated the setup work of the Moto2 riders. In these circumstances, both Aleix Espargaró as Axel Pons used the time to get a first feeling for the Valencian track ahead of the second practice. This first session allowed Axel Pons to assess the recovery he’s made from the blow to the head he suffered in the previous Grand Prix at Sepang. In the afternoon, this time with completely wet asphalt, Espargaró and Pons took away some good conclusions in case Sunday’s race will also be held in the rain.

#40. Aleix Espargaró: 22° – 1’54″695
“I can not really be happy with the position, but I am somewhat satisfied. Many of my options to do well in this championship I lost to rain and so far I’ve never been so close in the wet. I also had fun riding, something I almost never had in these conditions in the last two years. So I’m not happy, but I’m taking away some more confidence. If the day is better tomorrow, I think I’ll have good chances to be at the front. The season has been anything but good. I blame that to 80% on me, I’ve not been as competitive as many people and I expected. To finish the year well, for the team and also for me, I hope to get a good result here this weekend.”

#80. Axel Pons: 25° – 1’55″747
“On the bike I felt better than I would have thought, I had less pain in the neck than I expected. During this week it hurt a lot, but focusing on riding and going faster I didn’t think about the pain. Although once when I got off the bike I had some discomfort, it still didn’t keep me from riding again.
It was a difficult day. The first practice was strange because the track was neither dry nor wet and in the afternoon I didn’t feel bad at all. We have some things to improve and change things on the bike, but the conclusion is positive. This makes me eager to go out on track and test the changes we can do on the bike. I would’ve liked the sessions to be dry, but I think we still did well in the wet.”

Source: Pons Racing

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