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Aleix Espargaro: “I almost crashed”

Aleix Espargaro: “I almost crashed”

In just their seventh race since returning to MotoGP™ full time, Suzuki secures pole in the hands of Aleix Espargaro.

The last time a Suzuki bike was on pole in MotoGP™ was in 2007 at Assen when Chris Vermeulen took his second pole in the class. This is also Espargaro’s second time starting at the head of the grid, his first pole coming at Assen in 2014 in a session shortened by rain.

This weekend has seen Team Suzuki Ecstar bring engine upgrades, offering not only increased top end speed but also better power delivery. An incredible lap of 1’40.546 not only secured Espargaro pole, but also a new best lap of the Catalunya circuit. The eldest Espargaro brother has frequently shown he is able to get the most out of the soft tyres available to him, having qualified in the top six on three occasions this season.

Aleix Espargaro: “Unbelievable. I push 100%. With the first tyre I push a lot but not to the limit, the second tyre I push, everything or nothing! I almost crashed because I opened the throttle so early. First and second for Suzuki is great after the work they have done it’s like a present for them. Hopefully we can be near the front tomorrow.”

“Let’s cross our fingers and hope for a dry race for all the people coming tomorrow. I think it’s much better dry than wet. We did a lot of laps on used tyres in FP4, 25 like the race. I think our pace is very similar at the top. Yesterday I said pole wasn’t important, but it will be a dream to fight with Jorge, Marc and Vale for the podium.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA, Q2, Aleix Espargaro, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR

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