Espargaro delighted with sixth on grid

Espargaro delighted with sixth on grid
Saturday, 14 September 2013

After out-qualifying several prototype-equipped riders on Saturday at Misano Aleix Espargaro was very pleased with his Q2 result.

The Power Electronics Aspar rider put in a 1’34.028 best lap on his ART machine, a brilliant effort which gave him sixth place on the grid and saw him miss the front row by just 0.455s.

The performance saw him qualify ahead of the likes of Stefan Bradl, Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden, and reflecting on qualifying Espargaro told motogp.com:

“I’m happy because it was a really good afternoon. On the first set of new tyres I made a big mistake and my lap time was not bad but I knew we could go much faster. Then with the second set of tyres I did two really fast laps and I’m on the second row.”

He continued, “I’m proud about it because although we were on the second row in Germany that was without Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo on the track. In the race I will try to make a good start and then try to be in the top six again.”

Asked about racing at Misano, Espargaro replied, “I like this track and ever since racing in 250cc every time we come here I enjoy it. For our bike it’s really good too, really tight and small, the power doesn’t matter so much. So we need to try and use this to our advantage.”

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