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DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - 06 GP Italy - QP
Posted by: newsla on May 31, 2014 - 04:18 PM
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DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - 06 GP Italy - QP


All the talk going into the Italian Grand Prix was around whether or not home favourite Valentino Rossi could break the dominance of Marc Márquez but on the evidence of today's pace it seems the series leader's biggest challenger could be his team-mate Dani Pedrosa. Whilst Pedrosa set the pace in both of today's free practice sessions Márquez produced two flying laps in qualifying to seal his sixth consecutive pole, whilst Andrea Iannone made the most of a tow – first from Rossi and then from Jorge Lorenzo - to take second place on the grid. Lorenzo completes the front row although Pedrosa remains a man to watch from fourth.

 

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The most notable absentee from today's action was DRIVE M7 Aspar rider Nicky Hayden, who has decided to sit the rest of this weekend out before undergoing an operation on his wrist here in Italy on Tuesday. His team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama made some improvements in this morning's free practice but went backwards in the afternoon and is now hoping to find his best setting in tomorrow's warm-up after qualifying in a disappointing seventeenth position.

17th Hiroshi Aoyama 1.49.505: “We improved quite a lot this morning compared to yesterday and gained some stability in corner exit. Unfortunately in the afternoon I wasn't comfortable with a change we made to the suspension that compromised the bike in other areas so we had to take a step backwards. At the end of the final free practice session we made another change to the suspension and luckily this time we were able to improve the lap time. It was an improvement but for qualifying the other riders went even faster so in the end I am not happy with where we finished. We will try to improve the bike a little more in the warm-up tomorrow and be better prepared for the race.”

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