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DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - 08 Dutch GP - QP
Posted by: newsla on Jun 27, 2014 - 05:24 PM
DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - 08 Dutch GP - QP

The legendary Assen circuit lived up to its reputation for unstable weather today as a light rain shower came right on cue at the start of MotoGP qualifying this afternoon, making for an entertaining and unpredictable session. All riders went out on track and pushed for a fast time at the start of the session on slick tyres, before the track surface became too damp. It looked more like a race than a qualifying session but it was 'Open' category rider Aleix Espargaró who timed his run the best, hanging off the back of the group to clinch the first pole position of his career ahead of factory pair Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa.


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DRIVE M7 Aspar rider Hiroshi Aoyama has been in determined mood all weekend after finding extra confidence from a change to his front suspension set-up, which is allowing him to ride more freely and with more confidence. Hiro made progress through the Q1 session and posted two fast laps, stopping the clock at 1'34.930 to close to within 0.3 seconds of a stop in Q2. His team-mate Nicky Hayden made an honest assessment of a disappointing day that saw his usual hard work and endeavour go unrewarded as he struggled to 22nd position.

14th Hiroshi Aoyama 1.34.930: "The track conditions were changing every five minutes today and it wasn't easy to judge. Luckily qualifying took place on a dry track and even though we didn't have much time available we managed to put two fast laps together and achieve our objective of setting a 1'34. I feel pretty comfortable on the bike this weekend thanks mainly to the changes on the front suspension. The new fork seems to be helping me although we still need to keep building confidence and gradually finding the perfect set-up. Anyway, I am more comfortable today and looking forward to the race tomorrow. I will give it my best shot and hopefully finish the weekend with a strong result."

22nd Nicky Hayden 1.35.792: "It wasn't an easy session for us and it's a shame because we improved a little in the last free practice, getting down to 1'35.9 on used tyres. I improved my time in qualifying but made some mistakes. The bike didn't perform 100% but neither did I so there are no excuses, I have to take responsibility for today. I know I can do a lot better so tomorrow I will work hard to make sure that's the case. Today is over, we have to start thinking about the race now and how we can improve. We'll try to get the bike turning a little better and hopefully get a bit more out of the acceleration to keep the bike on the right line from corner to corner."

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