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Espargaro: “I felt totally uncomfortable”

Espargaro: “I felt totally uncomfortable”

Aleix Espargaro struggled to get a good feeling on his GSX-RR during the second day of the Phillip Island test, finishing in 15th.

After Wednesday’s disappointment with the poor weather conditions that prevented him testing fully, Espargaro continued to work to find a decent setting for his GSX-RR on Thursday, with a best lap of 1'30.385, which was only good enough for 15th place. This saw him 1.254s behind his teammate Maverick Viñales who topped the timesheets on day two, and there is still clearly quite a bit of work to be done before the Spaniard recovers his confidence.

The final day of testing at Phillip Island kicks off at 9.45am local time on Friday.

Aleix Espargaro: “Today was not a good day for me, we tried a lot of different things to improve the feeling, especially working to be more effective in the entrance into the corners, where I felt totally uncomfortable, but probably it was a matter of myself. The bike improved a little since the morning, but today I felt too rigid in my movements over the machine and not able to ride as smoothly as I wanted. I will have a good rest tonight and then analyse things with my team to understand what and how we can improve, although I can’t blame them for today. The engine has improved a lot and the new tyres and seamless gearbox gave me much more stability in many corners. For sure Suzuki did a good job, we saw today Maverick’s performance which certifies that the potential is higher than what I did, therefore I’m really keen to recover my performance and get back to riding.”


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