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DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - 11 GP Czech Republic - FP
Posted by: newsla on Aug 15, 2014 - 06:32 PM
DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - 11 GP Czech Republic - FP

The MotoGP riders had two very different sessions to open the Czech Grand Prix weekend. The first took place in the dry and was a comletely normal session, topped by Marc Márquez with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa close behind. The difference between the three was just 0.052s at the end of the opening runout. In the afternoon, rainfall almost immediately after the session had started sent the riders to their garajes, reemerging ten minutes later onto a completely wet track. On the combined timesheets for the day, Márquez, Lorenzo and Pedrosa continued to lead the way, but things are very close indeed at Brno.


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In the morning session the DRIVE M7 Aspar riders worked normally, but in the afternoon rain obliged Hiro Aoyama y Leon Camier to ride with caution. The duo had practically an entire session in which to ride in wet conditions, and Aoyama gathered plenty of data for the future. Camier rode DRIVE M7 Aspar Honda for the first time last weekend, and was able to continue his learning process today under almost completely new conditions. At the end of the day, Aoyama placed seventeenth and Camier twenty-second.

17th Hiroshi Aoyama 1.58.895 (33 Laps): "This morning in the dry we tested out some things with the front end and with the rear. These changes allowed us to improve the setup of the bike at the end of the session. We also gathered a lot of information that has helped us make plans for a clear direction in the second session. We had further things to try out in the afternoon, but the rain forced us to change our plans and we were unable to contrast what we did in the morning. The feeling was great in the wet, but we lost a bit of grip with the front. The front wheel slid out a lot and it was not easy to adapt when turning the bike. In conclusion, we have to check that our dry setup from today is a good one, and in the wet we need to improve the front end. It looks as if the weather is going to be a little strange this weekend, so we shall have to try to adapt to whatever it brings.”

22nd Leon Camier 2.00.445 (30 laps): “At Indianapolis we understood the direction to take to improve, so today we worked with that in mind. We are trying to take another step forward, to try to brake later and turn the bike in better. The adaptation was relatively simple, but trying to push more on this bike is another matter. This morning I felt comfortable in the dry, but in the afternoon I found it hard to understand how to use the tyres and set the bike up for the wet. It is important to continue gaining confidence and find out where the limits of this bike are. There is no doubt that the main keys to further progress with my confidence are tyres and brakes. With this bike you need to load weight on the front to help you to turn in quickly. I had hoped to continue to learn about the bike and take steps forward, but the rain this afternoon hindered that a bit. Still, I'm happy because the team have once again helped me a lot to learn from the different situations that I've encountered so far."

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