Jorge Navarro qualifies 5th at Aragon, Maria Herrera 27th
In a busy and competitive qualifying session, Jorge Navarro secured a second row start position for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Aragon. The Repsol rider, who demonstrated that he is very competitive throughout the weekend, lowered his times during today’s qualifying session to a 1:58.444, just 689 thousandths from the Italian Bastianini, the Moto3 pole position sitter.
Maria Herrera will start from one row back in twenty seventh, 1.808 seconds from pole position after a positive third free practice where she made positive steps with bike feedback in preparation for tomorrow.
With the grid decided, the fourteenth round of the season will take place tomorrow at 11:00 CET.
“I’m happy because I did my job well, I felt good on the bike and had a good pace, so I think we’re ready for tomorrow’s race. Today we weren’t able to make a perfect lap, as we did at Silverstone, but I didn’t have a slipstream to give me the push needed to lose a few tenths. I got behind some people who were slow, but I’m satisfied with the work we have done. I’m confident that we can have a good race tomorrow. We will see if others have the pace, but I know my pace is good and the goal is to be in the leading group and try to fight for the podium or a victory here at home.”
“We made a step forward, the bike is quite good and we are on the right track. Tomorrow we will have to improve some things, but I’m happy. We resolved the problems that we had yesterday and now I feel more comfortable with the bike. We didn’t get a good position; there were riders on the track that hindered us. When I was on my best lap I went all out but couldn’t continue with the same pace. Tomorrow I hope to gain positions and be in the points.”