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Posted by: newsla on Aug 29, 2014 - 03:56 PM
DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - 12 British GP - FP

Hiroshi Aoyama and Leon Camier improve in second session despite setbakcs to finish sixteenth and seventeenth respectively


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He may have missed out on an eleventh straight win at Brno last time out but Marc Márquez returned to dominant form at Silverstone today, where he controlled the MotoGP time sheets throughout free practice. Andrea Dovizioso and Stefan Bradl both took turns at the top in the early stages of this afternoon's second session but the Spaniard unleashed the full speed of his Honda on his seventh lap and he was untouchable from then on, even though Bradl managed to chip back the gap from a full second to just a half. Meanwhile Márquez's main championship rivals appear to be struggling, with Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Rossi ending the day in ninth, eleventh and thirteenth position respectively.

The day started in discreet fashion for the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team with both Hiroshi Aoyama and Leon Camier struggling for feel in this morning's opening session. The Japanese also had a problem with his bike at the start of the second practice but still managed to improve his lap time by 1.5 seconds, gathering confidence on his way to sixteenth place. The British rider found three seconds this afternoon as he continues his adaptation to MotoGP although a crash on his final lap provided a disappointing finish to the day for him.

16th Hiroshi Aoyama 2.04.762 (23 laps): “This morning we started out with the set-up we found in the post race test at Brno. It worked well there but I didn't feel comfortable here so we took a step backwards this afternoon and went back to the best set-up we had. Unfortunately the bike broke down at the start of the session and we had to stop, which cost us the time we needed to try everything we wanted to try. Even so my feeling with the bike was better this afternoon than it was this morning and there is clearly more to come, especially in corner exit. Scott has lapped very fast with the same bike today and he has shown what is possible so the job tomorrow is to try and match him.”

17th Leon Camier 2.04.928 (28 laps): “I struggled for feeling in the first session and I couldn't get any heat in the tyres, so that made it difficult to ride. We made some changes this afternoon and gradually improved the pace and the feeling with the bike, although we still have more to find. Unfortunately I made a stupid mistake at the end of the session and came off at the end of the back straight. I just ran off line onto the grass slightly and lost the front. I want to apologise to the team and hopefully tomorrow we can continue to improve. I noticed a lot of little bumps on track today, which unsettled the bike and I had to be careful not to crash a few times. Apart from the crash I enjoyed myself this afternoon and it was a great feeling to ride in front of the British fans.”

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