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DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - Test Brno - 18/08/14
Posted by: newsla on Aug 19, 2014 - 06:20 AM
DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - Test Brno - 18/08/14

A single day of MotoGP testing took place at Brno today, less than 24 hours after the Czech Republic Grand Prix ended. It was a physical challenge for the riders to get back on their bikes after back-to-back races on opposite sides of the Atlantic but the traditional mid-season session is always an important opportunity for teams to experiment going into the decisive stage of the championship. Other than a brief rain shower at around 4pm conditions were perfect through the day, with the track open from 10am to 6pm. Marc Márquez set the fastest lap of the day with a 1'55.411, which was faster than his pole position time (1'55.585) from Saturday.


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It was a busy day in the DRIVE M7 Aspar garage, especially after an early crash for Leon Camier, who slid off after hitting a bump in turn one. The Brit returned to the track to set some consistent laps in the 1'58s, including a 1'58.1 that was half a second quicker than his best effort from the weekend. It was a pleasing day for Leon, who had the added bonus of the confirmation that he will continue in place of the injured Nicky Hayden for his home Grand Prix at Silverstone. Hayden's recovery remains on schedule but the American does not want to rush his return and take any risks. Hiroshi Aoyama made some improvements to his chassis set-up and electronics today, the Japanese rider satisfied with his day's work at Brno.

15th Hiroshi Aoyama 1.58.327 (41 laps): “Today's test was a good chance to make some comparisons to the set-up we used in the race yesterday. We were happy with the bike over the weekend but we tried to improve it in terms of the chassis response, on the front and the rear. We tried a lot of things and managed to improve the feeling on the front and the grip on the rear. Overall it has been a positive and satisfying test, we've also managed to try some things with the electronics that seem positive.”

14th Leon Camier 1.58.179 (36 laps): “It was a busy day, which started off with a crash virtually as soon as I went out. I wasn't sure what had happened but looking at the telemetry it seems I hit a bump that unsettled the bike and I went down. It was just bad luck and it cost us some time but then I was able to get back out and make some good progress. I managed a 1'58.1, which was faster than I had gone all weekend, and a few more consistent laps in the 1'58s so I am happy. The improvements today have shown us the way forward. We still needed the bike to be a bit less aggressive over the bumps to improve our speed in corner entry but overall I am happy with the job we did. I still have to learn the bike and adapt my style to it but I think we're doing a great job. Today we have confirmed that I'll be riding at Silverstone for the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team, which is great news and a dream come true for me to ride in my home Grand Prix with such a great team. I know the circuit well and I really like it so hopefully we can take another big step forward there.”

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