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Espargaro: “I’m confident I can aim for the top six”

Espargaro: “I’m confident I can aim for the top six”

Aleix Espargaro is looking to finish in the top six after qualifying on the front row for the Motul TT Assen.

Espargaro put in an astonishing qualifying-lap to claim second place on the grid for tomorrow’s eighth round of the MotoGP™ World Championship at Assen in The Netherlands with the time of 1'32.858; just 0.231-seconds from Pole Position.

However, the day didn’t start so positively, the 25-year-old Spaniard struggling to find confidence in his GSX-RR, which resulted in 12th in the combined classification and out of direct access to Q2. Yet the 1'33.380 time he scored in the first qualifying granted him a ticket to fight for the top 12. This is his third time on the front-row this year following his second place in Argentina and his Pole Position two weeks ago at his home round in Catalunya, Spain.

Aleix Espargaro: “I’m very happy with the progress we’ve made. We have improved my GSX-RR a lot since Friday. We had a bad start and had to completely change the bike; I had a lot of chattering and with Tom we decided to change a lot on the front. This is not an easy thing to do but we knew we could do much better. We have also tried some of the set-ups that we tried in Aragon but they weren’t effective here, so we looked for new solutions. In Barcelona, everything was easier while here we struggled more, but at the end I feel I have a good pace and also the fastest lap is very quick. Here at Assen, the first corner is closer to the start than in Barcelona; therefore I hope I will be able not suffer too many overtakes. It’s important to start from the first-row but we must be aware that qualifying is only one lap and race is longer, but the pace I have makes me confident I can aim for the top six.”

 

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MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL TT ASSEN, Q2, Aleix Espargaro, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR

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