Espargaro staying optimistic after morning crash totals bike
A heavy afternoon downpour caught the MotoGP field by surprise this afternoon and after their initial reluctance to take to the track there was little option but to work around the changeable weather at Sachsenring. Dani Pedrosa was the fastest on the wet track, just as he had been in the dry this morning, although there were late challenges to his dominance in the final ten minutes from Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo and Nicky Hayden. The Spaniard leads the overnight time sheets thanks to his effort in the opening session although it is with a narrow advantage of just 0.087 seconds over Stoner.
POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider Randy De Puniet has carried on from where he left off at Assen six days ago, starting out with the same chassis and suspension set-up that allowed him to finish as the top CRT rider in the Dutch TT. The Frenchman was the fastest of the new machines in the dry today and satisfied with his performance in the wet. His team-mate Aleix Espargaró suffered a setback this morning when he crashed on only the third lap, returning to the track on his second bike but without finding a comfortable setting. His feeling in the wet conditions was much improved, however, leaving him satisfied with his day’s work and optimistic about tomorrow.
16th Aleix Espargaró 1.24.855 (40 laps): “We had a setback this morning when I crashed on the third lap. I ran wide and then lost control on the grass. The bike was badly damaged and that cost us a lot of time. I went out on the second bike but I didn’t feel comfortable and wasn’t able to ride as I wanted. In the afternoon it rained so we didn’t get chance to try the repaired bike, but overall we have to be optimistic and look on the positive side, which is that I felt as comfortable in the wet as I have in a long time. Hopefully tomorrow we get dry weather, which is always more fun and more safe too, although it looks like it could be mixed again. Whatever the weather we will work hard to continue our good form over the last few races.”
Source: Aspar Team Press Release