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Espargaro pleased with third spot on day one

Only Repsol Honda pair Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa could outpace their compatriot Aleix Espargaro on the first day at the Gran Premio Red Bull de la Republica Argentina.

Like the vast majority of the MotoGP™ field, Friday brought Espargaro’s first contact with the revamped 4.8km Termas de Rio Hondo circuit and he was one of the fastest learners in free practice.

Having impressively ridden second quickest in FP1, trailing pace setter Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) by 0.481s, Espargaro improved his best lap time by nearly three seconds in the second session to finish third.

Commenting on the first day of action in Argentina the Spanish rider explained, “I’m happy to be back on track after Austin, where we had several issues with the rear tyre. I’m satisfied with today’s result, I was able to ride as I wanted and show the potential of the bike.”

“During the FP1 I had an engine problem, but the team did a great job and I could ride again with the first bike in the FP2. It’s only the first day and it was important to learn the new track. We will keep on working, aiming at repeating the strong performance we had in Qatar.”

MotoGP, 2014, Aleix Espargaro, NGM Forward Racing

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