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DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - 12 British GP - QP
Posted by: newsla on Aug 30, 2014 - 03:31 PM
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DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - 12 British GP - QP


Following the first four practice sessions and two qualifying practices at the British Grand Prix, Marc Márquez has emerged as a clear favorite to win tomorrow. He has led all sessions without any major problem, and although Dovizioso has pushed him, in the end the Italian had to settle for second place. Near the end of Q2 Lorenzo relegated Marquez from the top spot for a while, but ultimately Marquez responded to outpace his nearest rival by three tenths. Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Rossi, his main rivals seem to have solved their problems from yesterday, to reach the first and second rows, but Marquez still looks strongest. We should not overlook the excellent performance of Andrea Dovizioso either though. However, given his momentum at the British round Marquez looks set to bounce back from Brno.

 

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The DRIVE M7 Aspar riders continued their work today at the Silverstone circuit, and after qualifying both will start tomorrow's race from the sixth row. Both Hiroshi Aoyama and Leon Camier have shown steady progress so far throughout the British Grand Prix, improving in each session to register their best laps in Q1. The Japanese rider stopped the clock at 2’03.563, for 16th, and the Briton set a 2’03.696, to qualify 18th. Both have significantly improved their set-ups, but they are aware that they can still fine tune further. Leon unfortunately crashed at the end of Q1 but did not suffer serious consequences.

Hiroshi Aoyama 16th 2’03.563: "This morning we introduced a new set-up that was more positive than yesterday, so I was happy. In the afternoon, for the final practice session, we tried to go a little further with the setup from this morning, but my feeling have changed. In the last official practice session we didn't have much time to go back. We were only able to adjust certain aspects of the bike. That prevented me from being one hundred percent during Q1, but I still tried to push hard and at least I got a pretty fast lap. We have improved over a second from the first day, which is very positive, but I hoped to improve a little more to qualify better. I believe we still have a chance to improve our performance, we will work in the morning warm-up session to make it happen."

Leon Camier 18th 2’03.696: "This morning I was struggling with the set-up of the bike and in the final practice session we made a great change that helped me to ride faster. We basically worked on my position on the bike, to make me feel more comfortable. Also for the Q1 we made further changes and I lapped faster than in free practice, following some other riders. I felt comfortable on the bike and able to push, knowing that we could continue to increase our pace. My goal was to continue to drop the lap time, but shortly before the end I went down. I didn’t manage to keep the temperature of the tyres up and that caused me to fall. Tomorrow we have to keep working in the warm-up session, although it will probably be cold enough to improve the response of the rear brake, which is important in a circuit with many potholes."

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