Tough qualifying at Misano for Maverick Viñales & Aleix Espargaro
Qualifying at the Misano MotoGP today saw some improvements for Team SUZUKI ECSTAR riders Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales as they both went faster than yesterday.
The morning’s FP3 was difficult, with no direct access to Q2, so both riders had to run in Q1 to fight for the last two-slots for the first four-rows of the grid.
In Q1, the pace was high, and Espargaro and Viñales both settled in the top-five, being provisional leaders several times throughout the session, but at the end the more-experienced Espargaro gained access to Q2, with Viñales putting his GSX-RR in 14th place with the time of 1’33.439. However, in this last session of the day, Espargarò set his best lap-time of 1’33.187, giving the Spaniard 10th place overall.
“We improved the machine from yesterday and now we are a little closer to the top. Yesterday we had many issues with the grip and today things went better, even if the problem’s pretty the same: We lack some acceleration and we can’t deliver effectively our power to the ground, but oday my crew did a great job; Tom made some good settings that helped me to limit power-sapping wheelies. Beside the qualifying time I believe that my pace improved a lot so I will try to make a good start and keep contact with the top-10 tomorrow.”
“I’m unsatisfied with the day; this was probably the worst qualifying of the year for me. When we came here for testing, my lap times were faster but more-importantly our capability to set the machine-up competitively was much higher. Here we couldn’t find the proper set-up, I felt the bike sliding a lot and I couldn’t get close to my previous times. It’s a pity, we worked a lot here to prepare for the race and now that we are in a race situation we can’t find the solution. Anyway, with the hard tyre, I don’t feel so bad and my pace is pretty consistent and fast, so I will try to recover as many places as I can at the start and keep in contact with the top-10 tomorrow.”
Source: Suzuki Racing