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DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - 10 Indianapolis GP - FP
Posted by: newsla on Aug 09, 2014 - 06:25 AM
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DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - 10 Indianapolis GP - FP


Today saw the return of the MotoGP World Championship following the summer break, with the newly modified Indianapolis Grand Prix circuit playing host to the riders on a day that was broken by rain showers. Valentino Rossi set the pace in the morning session but the lap times dropped dramatically in the afternoon and championship leader Marc Márquez finished with the fastest time, despite the best efforts of Iannone, Dovizioso and Hernández on soft tyres in the final five minutes of the session.

 

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DRIVE M7 Aspar rider Hiroshi Aoyama spent the day getting used to the new layout and asphalt, trying different tyre compounds as he gradually improved his pace and confidence. Despite not feeling as comfortable with his bike set-up in the afternoon as he had in the morning the Japanese rider did manage to shave 0.8 seconds off his best lap time and he finished the day in seventeenth position. Leon Camier made his MotoGP debut with the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team in place of the injured Nicky Hayden and despite it being an entirely new experience for him the British rider felt comfortable on the Honda and he is looking forward to learning more tomorrow.

17th Hiroshi Aoyama 1.35.106 (40 laps): “Today we were able to try out the modified circuit here at Indianapolis and personally I much prefer it. It is easier to overtake and to maintain your speed through the corners. It wasn't easy to pass here before but the track feels wider and there are different lines to take. It seems like the harder tyre has less grip and I felt safer on the soft compound, but the idea tomorrow is to improve the bike in all situations and pick the tyre that is going to last full race distance. I found it easier to set fast times this morning than this afternoon, when we made a change that didn't work out as we hoped. We have to keep working tomorrow to try and find more grip.”

23th Leon Camier 1.36.394 (42 laps): “The bike, the engine management system, the tyres... everything has been new for me today and very different to what I am used to riding. Even so I enjoyed myself, the bike seems good although obviously I have a lot to learn. I didn't think I would fit on the bike but it felt much better than I expected. I love the Indianapolis track, in some ways it is similar to Silverstone, and the first corner is really impressive – you have the throw the bike in there and be brave. In general I am happy with how the day has gone but I need time to work on the lap time and to find some more speed. I am sure that as I learn the bike I will be able to manage it better in the corners. I tried the soft and intermediate compound tyres today and I liked them – they were unlike anything I have ridden on before.”


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