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Aleix Espargaro reflects on securing first pole position

NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro claimed his first pole position in Grand Prix racing in a hectic Q2 at the Iveco Daily TT Assen.

Several MotoGP™ riders left the pits at the same time, eager to beat the rain as the 15-minute dash got underway, whilst Espargaro held back slightly - a decision that would prove critical. The ‘Open’ Yamaha rider was able to pick his way through the field on their one dry flying lap.

A 1’38.789s put Espargaro 1.405s clear of Marc Marquez in second before the rain came, cementing the Spaniard’s first pole position in 150 GPs.

“It was a strange qualifying, but that is usual in Assen. At the beginning of the session it was raining and all my team and the Bridgestone guy told me to go quick. But I saw all the other guys going in a bit of chaos. I took a risk and waited 20 seconds. I went alone on the track and I saw 11 riders ahead of me. I pushed and I was a lot faster than them,” commented Espargaro.

Looking ahead he added, “It is fantastic to get my first pole at my favourite track. Since Qatar we have been hunting for pole, I have made some big mistakes so it is great to claim it here. Tomorrow will be a special day and we have a solid pace. It will be strange to be P1 ahead of Marquez, my objective is to fight with the factory guys for the maximum laps. Our pace is quite good.”

“I prefer it dry as I have a better feeling and pace. In the wet we don’t have any electronics settings. Regardless it will be hard to follow the Repsol Honda bikes,” he concluded on Saturday’s chance of rain.

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MotoGP, 2014, Colin Edwards, Aleix Espargaro, NGM Forward Racing

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