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APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI – Assen Qualifying

MOTOGP QUALIFYING AT ASSEN

FIFTH ROW FOR ALEIX AND SEVENTH FOR ANDREA IN THE GP OF HOLLAND

Tomorrow, Aleix Espargaró will start from the fifth row with the fifteenth best time, whereas Andrea Iannone will have to try to make up positions, starting from the seventh row.

A brave Aleix Espargaró continued to improve and, despite the two fractures to his left leg, he battled to go through into the top twelve. In Q1, a high traffic situation on the track slowed him down on his flying lap, keeping him from launching an assault to go through to Q2. He finished fifteenth with a time of 1’33.547 and tomorrow he’ll start from the fifth row.

Andrea Iannone, after finishing the first day in sixth place, improved his times in FP3 this morning, lapping at 1’33.205 and came close to going through to Q2, missing it by just 137 thousandths. However, partly because of the high heat in the early afternoon, he lost that good feeling with his RS-GP in the decisive moment, lapping with higher times in qualifying and finishing twentieth (at 1’33.960) which places him on the seventh row.

ALEIX ESPARGARO’
“I must say that the situation with my leg has improved a lot compared to yesterday. I had a pain relief infiltration treatment for the first time and the pain decreased, but there is still poor mobility that limits me, especially in the direction changes. This circuit is not ideal in these conditions. You have to use your body a lot and I struggle when I have to push on the footpegs. In any case, I think that our pace is good. There are three very fast riders, but the rest of the group is rather compact. It could be a fun race.”

ANDREA IANNONE
“Yesterday we started from a good base. I am able to push well and straight away, but with the increase in temperatures, things got worse for us. The bike is very twitchy. I struggle in both braking and acceleration. There is a grip problem in general that will be complicated to manage tomorrow over 26 laps in the race.”