Aleix Espargaro has very positive day despite crash
The MotoGP World Championship began an important weekend at Valencia on Friday. Not only is the Moto3 title up for grabs, but this year the premier class title is also still to be won.
It is a situation which has not occurred since 2006, and as a result the grandstands at the Valencia track are expected to be packed for the occasion. Marc Márquez and Jorge Lorenzo are the title contenders, and it was Márquez who drew first blood with the top spot in practice today. He was just 0.066 quicker than teammate Dani Pedrosa, with Lorenzo in third.
Aleix Espargaró is known for his fun-loving nature and, after he clinched the CRT title in Australia and brother Pol became Moto2 World Champion in Japan, he has reason to be cheerful at the season closer.
He was the quickest of the CRT competitors on Friday, once again. The POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar was the standout of that particular field in both morning and afternoon, and not even a crash –from which he escaped unharmed- could stop him from completing a positive day.
13th Aleix Espargaró 1.32.809 (26 laps):
“Today we debuted a new chassis. It is the new development for next season and it felt very good. This morning we had to set it up, and we were 1.3 seconds off the fastest time. Thus, we were very motivated after the morning session and were focusing on the afternoon. In the second session we improved, but before the end of the run I crashed. I feel really bad about it, because we had a lot of work to do with the new chassis and the crash affected our plans. I apologized to the team afterwards, because it was a silly crash. Tomorrow we shall see the potential that this bike has. I am very relaxed this weekend, because both Pol and I have completed our objectives. It is a special race for me and I want to enjoy every moment. Despite the crash today, things are going well.”
Source: Aspar Media