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APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI – Styria Qualifying

STYRIA GP QUALIFIERS

SEVENTH PLACE TIME AND THE THIRD ROW FOR ALEIX ESPARGARÓ: “WE ARE CONFIRMING OUR PROGRESS HERE AS WELL. WE DID AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB”

LORENZO SAVADORI HALTED BY A CRASH IN HIS TIME ATTACK, SETTLES FOR THE SEVENTH ROW: “I WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO START FARTHER FORWARD BUT WE ARE CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THE BEST”
Confirming the good signs on the track from the start of the weekend, Aleix Espargaró rode his Aprilia RS-GP to seventh place (1’23.448) in the qualifiers for the Styria GP, scheduled for tomorrow on the Austrian Red Bull Ring track. The good placement earns him the best spot on the third row of the starting grid. For the umpteenth time this season, Aleix went straight through to Q2, the qualifying session that includes the top 12 riders, based on his top-ten placement in the last morning free practice sessions, where he finished eighth with a time of 1’23.594. His further improvement in qualifying took him close to the second row, which he missed by just 72 thousandths of a second. The Austrian circuit, which had always been difficult in past years, is an outstanding test bench for the RS-GP’s improvements and the result today is comforting for the Aprilia project. Lorenzo Savadori, who did not make it into the top ten, had to go through the Q1 session, but he crashed during the final lap whilst, after improving in the first sectors, was doing his time attack. This meant that he would have to settle for the seventh row with a time of 1’24.405, done before his crash.
ALEIX ESPARGARO’
“I am extremely satisfied with our result, considering the characteristics of the track and the gap. Of course, I cannot be entirely happy with a seventh-place time, but if I look back at a year ago, I started fourteenth here and with a time that was seven tenths slower, whereas today I was faster than the 2020 pole position. This confirms the huge step forward we’ve made. I complimented all the engineers in the technical briefing because they did an extraordinary job. We accumulate almost all of the disadvantage in the first sector, which is made up of two straights that are undoubtedly not our strong point, whereas the RS-GP does very well on the rest of the track. We’ll see what happens tomorrow because it looks like it is going to rain and that raises some doubts as to the safety of the track. Personally, I hope we’ll be able to race in the dry.”
LORENZO SAVADORI
“Unfortunately, I was unable to finish my flying lap, which would have let me start somewhere around fifteenth or sixteenth place. I crashed on turn 8 and in a rather strange way, but without any physical consequences. In any case, we are getting closer and closer to the best and that is positive. Overtaking here will be no simple task, so staying with the group in the early laps will be fundamental for me.”