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DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - 12 British GP - Race
Posted by: newsla on Aug 31, 2014 - 06:45 PM
DRIVE M7 Aspar Team MotoGP - 12 British GP - Race

After dominating free practice and taking pole position yesterday Marc Márquez was made to work hard for his eleventh victory of the season today, with Jorge Lorenzo mounting a strong challenge from the front row at Silverstone. Lorenzo got the jump on the pole man and Andrea Dovizioso into the first turn to lead the first thirteen laps of the race, with Márquez following closely before a late battle between the Spanish compatriots swung decisively in favour of the series leader on the penultimate lap. Dovizioso was overhauled for third place by Valentino Rossi after a three-way battle that also included Dani Pedrosa, who also edged out the Italian for fourth.


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The twelfth round of the season did not quite meet up to the expectations of the DRIVE M7 Aspar riders, who both struggled to match the good feeling they had enjoyed during free practice. Hiroshi Aoyama lost two positions at the start and despite not having the same feedback from his tyres that he had experienced during a positive warm-up in the cooler conditions this morning, he was able to overcome the challenge of Alex De Angelis to seal fourteenth position and two more points for his championship total. Leon Camier, by contrast, made a perfect start and had moved up three spots when he started to struggle with his brakes and he could do nothing to stop himself from dropping out of the points positions.

14th Hiroshi Aoyama: “I had a good feeling in the warm-up this morning and I was really hopeful of a strong comeback in the race but my feeling with the tyres just wasn't the same, possible because of the change in temperature. I was struggling in corner exit, the bike was moving around a lot and I couldn't hold my corner speed. I tried to manage the tyres but the lap times were slower than we were hoping for and I also made a couple of mistakes in the first half of the race that cost me the odd position. I tried to keep my concentration after that to finish as high up as I could. I want to thank the mechanics for their relentless hard work, thanks to which I am feeling comfortable on this bike.”

16th Leon Camier: “It's a bit of a strange feeling after this race because I think we could have done more. Something weird was happening with the brakes after the first few laps and I couldn't get the bike stopped how I wanted. Nothing had changed from the rest of the weekend but the feeling wasn't the same.I noticed something on the warm-up lap and almost ran off track. Despite all that I got a decent start and passed some riders but with this strange feeling on the brakes I had to ride differently and that cost me some positions. I had less confidence with the bike than I had yesterday, it was sliding a lot on the rear and I couldn't show my best today, which was disappointing. I guess these things are down to experience and obviously we need more time to get used to this bike and this championship.”

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