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Espargaro: “My performances haven't been as I expected"

Espargaro: “My performances haven't been as I expected'

Difficult races have motivated Aleix Espargaro and crew to push even harder at the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.

Team Suzuki Ecstar and Aleix Espargaro made several steps forward in Silverstone, but they feel there’s still room to improve. A change in setting gave the eldest Espargaro brother an improved feeling, but his race was hindered at the first turn when he came together with another rider. Focus now turns to the San Marino GP in Misano where Suzuki will have a slight advantage over several of their rivals. The track was resurfaced early in the year and Team Suzuki Ecstar are one of the few outfits to have tested at the circuit.

The pre-summer break test allowed Espargaro to test various directions with the setting of his GSX-RR and there is already an idea of what direction to head during the MotoGP™ weekend. At almost every other round this year, Suzuki have started Friday practice without any previous information but Misano will be different and in all involved are hoping for a stronger start to the weekend. On several occasions in 2015 Espargaro has been foreced to head through Q1 and thus limited the number of tyres available in Q2. Securing a top grid position in the MotoGP™ World Championship is critical as the field is so close and hopefully prior track data will aid this.

Aleix Espargaro: ”I'm expecting a good weekend in Misano. Lately my performances have not been as high as I expected because I couldn't find a proper feeling with the bike, but already at the last race at Silverstone my crew and I found a positive set-up that led me to a more confident feeling. This gives me positive enthusiasm for Misano, also because we came here for testing in July and I had a very good feeling with the bike. Not only the new tarmac gives me more confidence, but also the different options that we tested in our set-up allowed me to better understand my GSX-RR's potential. Being new in the championship we usually don't have information and a basic set-up when we get to a new track, but here it will be different because we already have some basic ideas where to start from. I'm confident we can exploit this data and be on the pace immediately.”


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