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Espargaro: “I’m very happy about how the bike reacts”

Espargaro: “I’m very happy about how the bike reacts”

Team Suzuki Ecstar rider Aleix Espargaro topped both MotoGP™ practice sessions today at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina.

It has been a positive day for Team SUZUKI ECSTAR as the race weekend starts at Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. Suzuki rider Aleix Espargaro topped both the free practice sessions, exploiting the handling capabilities of his GSX-RR machine on a track that still promises some faster times. The Spaniard ran two very positive sessions, always being at the top of the timesheets and finally scoring a 1’40.806 in the morning and 1’38.776 in the afternoon, half-a-second quicker than the next best rider.

Aleix Espargaro:
“As I said before coming here, I like this track a lot and I think it is suitable for our machine. Last year I had a good performance but this year is going even better; early this morning I got back my feeling and could push hard from the very beginning. Even if the track conditions are still slippery, the handling capabilities of my GSX-RR gave me much confidence: only in one corner do we still have chattering problems but we can be very effective in all the rest of the circuit. For sure tomorrow the times will drop significantly therefore we still have a lot to do, but I’m very happy about how the bike reacts and the feelings that I have from it.”

Davide Brivio - Team Manager:
“Even if it is only the first day, being at the top is a positive feeling and we are now enjoying it. Aleix did a very good job with his provisional pole position and also Maverick had a positive day, yet the machines look to be performing well. The track is not at its best and with these conditions we can exploit the good chassis we have and our experience in making the set-up better. For tomorrow I expect that all our competitors will drop their lap times a lot so we will try to stay as high up as possible in the classification, finalising the best set-up and also evaluating how the tyres drop off as this will give us a good preparation for the race. This circuit is very stressful on tyre compounds so a good choice in tyres could be crucial.”


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