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DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - 07 GP Catalunya - QP
Posted by: newsla on Jun 14, 2014 - 05:17 PM
DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - 07 GP Catalunya - QP

Yesterday in the premier class practice for the Catalan GP, things were at their most varied this season. Espargaró closed the day with the fastest time, Smith dominated the afternoon and several other riders were closing in on the top positions. This trend continued on Saturday morning with the best time going to Stefan Bradl, but in the afternoon practice Marc Marquez was quickest and seemed set for a seventh consecutive pole position. The qualifying session saw him out in front from the opening minute, but fast laps from Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo –plus his own crash late on- knocked him down to third. There is a chance of rain during tomorrow’s race, which is set to be a thriller if recent rounds are anything to go by.


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That lack of grip is the dominant trend at this Grand Prix is nothing new, and there are several MotoGP riders who have complained about the traction deficit. The DRIVE M7 Aspar riders fought with all their might to get the best possible results today. Nicky Hayden, despite discomfort in his right wrist, did a great job throughout the day, especially in the qualifying. He managed his best time of the weekend so far in that session, placing sixteenth on the grid. The Kentucky Kid knows that tomorrow's race will be tough, but a couple of improvements made today and other ideas for the race give him motivation to take a good result tomorrow. He will be starting from the sixth row of the grid. His teammate, Hiroshi Aoyama, suffered from a lack of rear grip on the rear but tried out a thousand solutions in an attempt to improve. In the end he placed twentieth, from where he hopes to ride a positive race at a circuit he loves.

16th Nicky Hayden 1.43.043: "Riding a qualifying session with my wrist in better shape and with less discomfort would have helped me, but we are here to fight and bouncing back from these situations is part of the game. I guess that tomorrow will be a tough race because of the heat, because of how technical the circuit is and because my wrist is not in perfect shape, but I'll fight as I have done throughout the weekend to try to get the most points possible. This morning I woke up feeling quite good, my wrist wasn’t hurt from yesterday after the two sessions and that's good news. We also found two improvements for the qualifying session and we have some more ideas for the morning warmup session, which gives us motivation. After this Grand Prix I will try to continue recovering as quickly as possible during the week-off before Assen."

20th Hiroshi Aoyama 1.43.564: "This morning I felt comfortable, but in the afternoon we made a change in the setup that, instead of helping us, lost our feeling. We thought we were on the right track but it was not the case, so the afternoon sessions were difficult. We wanted to take a step back for qualifying but did not have time. Still, we made some changes to try to improve slightly and to set a good time. The main drawback today was the lack of rear grip, which hurt us on the fast corners. We have seen our shortcomings, so tomorrow we will try something different."

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