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Challenging Qualifying For Tech3 Duo In Catalunya
Posted by: newsla on Jun 14, 2014 - 03:04 PM
Challenging Qualifying For Tech3 Duo In Catalunya

Bradley Smith yet again produced a strong-minded display in Q2 which will see him start the 25 lap sprint tomorrow at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya Grand Prix in 8th position. The British star began today by extending his positive run in Montmelo which saw him finish yesterdays FP2 session in 1st and then setting the 3rd quickest time in FP3 this morning. This left him 4th overall in the combined free practice standings and made him progress straight through to Q2. The 23 year old Britain rode with rapidity from the word go in the 15 minute shoot out session, yet experienced some small balance issues which prevented him slightly. Nevertheless, at the close of the session Smith's best lap of 1.41,491 enabled him to clinch 8th on the grid. Additionally, his persistent efforts saw the British rider's best lap only half of a second behind the leading bike and tomorrow he will confidently battle for a top 5 position aboard his Yamaha YZR-M1.


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Local hero Pol Espargaro rode with total determination in QP2 to leave him 10th on the grid for his home Grand Prix in Montmelo. Espargaro completed FP3 this morning to set a best lap of 1.41,950 which allowed him to graduate straight through to the second qualifying session for the 6th time in succession in his impressive rookie season. With the sun glaring down and track temperatures reaching peaks of 47 degrees, the 23 year old Catalan who was buoyed on by his adoring home fans and family, proceeded to battle onwards and posted a best lap of 1.41,677, less than 0.7 from the leading bike of Dani Pedrosa. Tomorrow Espargaro will be aiming to ascend up the starting grid and produce another firm display in his seventh Grand Prix in the premier class.

Bradley Smith Bradley Smith
Position : 8th Time :1'41.491 Lap : 8
Smith - Catalunya - 2014"Although I'm not where I want to be and a little frustrated I still feel positive for the race tomorrow. We tried a few different settings on the bike in which some worked better than others and I consistently went faster in every session which of course is a big positive. This was despite the fact that in the end it wasn't quite enough to get to the front. I wasn't too confident with the turning of the bike and it felt like I had my elbows buried in the ground! This is something we will look to work on tomorrow morning during the warm up. In the race I aim to get a good start then push as much as possible especially during the first laps, so that I can try to follow the leading pack for as long as possible."

Pol Espargaro Pol Espargaro
Position : 10th

Time : 1'41.677 Lap : 7
Espargaro - Catalunya - 2014"I can't be satisfied with our qualifying performance today. We struggled the whole weekend in one sector of the track, where we are losing more time than in the rest of the lap and unfortunately we cant find a solution yet. But when I was behind Jorge during the last minutes of the session I tried to follow his line and we will check the data now to compare what might be best compromise. Of course starting from the 10th position will not make things easy for tomorrow but I will try to get a good start and keep my head down to offer a good show for my fans."

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