MotoGP: DRIVE M7 Aspar Free Practice Report - Sachsenring

Nicky Hayden race action shot

DRIVE M7 Aspar Press Release:

Marc Márquez tried to impose his will on the first two practice sessions of the German GP, but undoubtedly the star of the day was Aleix Espargaró who set the best times in each of the two practice sessions. In the afternoon everyone thought that Marquez would set the top time, but his compatriot stole the top spot on his final lap. The two were little more than a tenth of a second apart, leaving Lorenzo, Bradl and Bautista two tenths behind.

Espargaró’s time today was close to the record held by Pedrosa (1’21.846) but not near to the lap Stoner set at Sachsenring  in 2008 (1’21.067). Márquez suffered a heavy crash in the morning, whilst Pedrosa did likewise in the afternoon, The latter has three recent victories (2010, 2011 and 2012) at the Sachsenring circuit. Both Pedrosa and Lorenzo missed the race in Germany last year due to injury.

Hiroshi Aoyama complained that the Sachsenring circuit did not present the best conditions for the first practice session of the German Grand Prix. In contrast, in the second runout the track temperature greatly increased asphalt and the Japanese DRIVE M7 Aspar Team rider gained confidence, especially when cornering. Thanks to this, he could ride much better in the afternoon and dropped nearly a second from morning to afternoon concluding the day in sixteenth position.’

His teammate, Nicky Hayden, also improved from one session to the other, but not by as much. He still has not found the balance on his bike that would allow him to go fast at all sectors of the German track. He ended Friday in eighteenth.

Hiroshi Aoyama race action shot

Hiroshi Aoyama #7:

16th - 1.22.961 (46 laps):

"This morning the track conditions were quite strange. We suffered from a lack of grip. Yet this first day was still positive. The track temperature rose strongly for the second session and I felt more confident on the bike, so I could push harder. Last year my personal best time at the track was 1.23; today, on the first day, I managed to go quicker than that. In the second session we greatly improved the cornering of the bike, and thanks to that our times lowered a lot compared to the opening session. Despite the improvements, the fast corners are still causing problems and we will work on this tomorrow. Overall, my feeling with the bike has been very positive -hopefully tomorrow the weather lends us a hand and we can keep improving."

Nicky Hayden race action shot

Nicky Hayden #69:

18th - 1.23.204 (43 laps):

"This first day hasn’t been spectacular; we expected to be more competitive than at the last round, but that wasn’t the case. This morning we started quite well but at a certain point neither the team nor I were able to continue to progress. We found a couple of improvements, which we worked for us in some places but hindered us in others. We must find a balance with the bike for every sector of this track. The first part of this circuit is very twisty, and at the end it gets very fast and requires heavy braking. You have to find a compromise and a balance for the bike on all sectors to improve your times. We have several ideas in mind for tomorrow, and I am sure that they will help us improve. Basically we aim to improve the maneuverability of the bike on the long, fast corners."

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