Aleix Espargaro feeling on form in Germany

Aleix Espargaro feeling on form in Germany
Friday, 11 July 2014

NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro was a dominant force with his outright pace on Friday at Sachsenring, while still managing to test the Forward chassis on the opening day of the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

After achieving a career-best premier class result of fourth in Assen, Espargaro came into the weekend full of confidence. He enjoyed strong results in Germany in the past on his Aprilia CRT machine, the tight and twisty track relying less on top speed.

FP1 saw the Open Yamaha rider top the session with a 1’22.170s, ahead of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) who suffered a heavy crash. The first session was spent on the Yamaha chassis. Espargaro’s fast time came in the closing minutes as he took advantage of the soft tyre available to Open class riders.

The second practice session saw him spend the majority of time on the Forward chassis as the Spaniard continued to evaluate the differences between the two. The Forward chassis had several pros, but was less responsive in the change of direction according to the rider.

Espargaro once again topped the session in the closing minutes, although this was done on his Yamaha chassis. 1’22.041s put him top of FP2 and top on the combined times.

“I feel great, and it was fantastic to ride here, like last year. We explored a lot of different settings on both the Yamaha and Forward bikes. I was really happy with our first day. I did my fast laps with the Yamaha frame, I think I can be faster on the Forward frame because it is a little bit better in the tight corners,” he commented.

Espargaro continued, “Tomorrow I think I’ll use Forward in qualifying, we’re still experimenting a lot. I did 22 laps on the rear soft, it was strong till the end. I think we can race with the soft like in Assen but the temperature can change a lot here in Germany.”

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