Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia RS-GP), said this Friday that for him the practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix started “well” and that it is “always good” to return to a circuit where they have not raced for so long.
“I really like this country (Japan), I really like this circuit, it was a longer session where I thought we would have more time to work in a relaxed way, but on the contrary, due to the weather it became a stressful session. , but it’s positive,” said the Spanish driver in Motegi.
Espargaró said he was not in favor of this type of session, long and only one, because “there wasn’t enough time to work with the engineers between one session and the next and we, without a test team in Japan, didn’t ride it and it cost us a lot in the first two stints, the bike didn’t work, the electronics , traction control, and we lost a lot of time, so it’s always a good thing if you have time between sessions to work.”
The Aprilia rider emphasized the equality of the sun: “It’s incredible and the time where we are two tenths is incredible, 44.5 is a very fast time in Japan. To give you an idea, my best lap with the Aprilia here is 45.7, now we’ve done 44.5 then. times than those in front, and a little slower than that. Now they’re lapping about half a second while I’ve improved 1″5, very fast lapping and that’s a lot equality is another example of how difficult it is to lead in MotoGP today”.
“Here the bike works, my brother is also very fast which made me happy. When I saw the two Hondas in front, I was happy for Pol. Marc is running fast if the Honda works here. It must be true that they had more data because they tested here recently, but it didn’t surprise me because Marc and his speed is not something that should surprise us,” he said.
“In fact, in Aragón he was very fast, despite the mistakes in the race and everything that happened, but in practice he was very fast, and here I think the same thing will happen”, commented Aleix Espargaró.
To his rivals he said: “I see Fabio (Quartararo) enjoying himself a lot, more than Pecco. I see him in his day-to-day life. On the flight to here we talked together for a long time and I see him as a man. who enjoy life, who are happy but also have a lot of tension”.
“Tomorrow it will rain, and Bastianini, who is absent, will start 19th, and in the first corner they touch him because he starts from the back, and no one will remember, but it was because of FP1 where he did not qualify because in that fall… The tension was Very high and finding the point between pleasure and tension was difficult”, Aleix Espargaró acknowledged about the fact of failure in the first training sessions.
Source: La Verdad