MotoGP: Round #5 Aspar Team Free Practice Report - Le Mans

Nicky Hayden race action shot

Aspar Team Media Press Release:

The MotoGP riders were back on track at the Bugatti circuit in Le Mans today as the GP de France got underway with Dani Pedrosa back in action after six weeks out. The Spaniard looked like he might still be struggling with arm-pump in the opening session but in free practice two this afternoon he was more competitive as he clocked the seventh fastest time.

Dovizioso set the pace this morning before Jerez race winner Lorenzo dominated the afternoon, only for Smith to deny him the fastest lap of the day right at the end. The British rider sits atop the overnight timesheets at a circuit that has traditionally favored Spaniards. It was here that the first al-Spanish podium happened back in 2003 (Gibernau, Elías and Pedrosa).

Nicky Hayden continues to fly the flag for the USA in POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team colors and he worked hard on the opening day in France to find grip and improved braking on both of his Honda machines. Hayden made constant improvements to set his best lap of the day just three from the end, finishing in seventeenth position.

On the other side of the garage Eugene Laverty struggled to get to grips with a circuit he feels like he is visiting for the first time. The Irishman has not been here since 2008 and after suffering front-end issues today he finished the day in 23rd place.

Nicky Hayden race action shot

Nicky Hayden #69:

17th - 1.34.663 (38 laps)

“Some sections of the track were dirty this morning but we still managed to gather a lot of information over the course of the day. The team has done a great job once again and this has allowed us to move forward in a couple of areas. We worked with both bikes today to find some more grip and confidence under braking. This is a demanding circuit, you really need a well-balanced bike that allows you to brake hard. We could have started better but at least the feeling here on this first day is better than it was at Jerez. We will continue to work along the same lines tomorrow to see if we can make some improvements to the chassis and electronics.”

Eugene Laverty race action shot

Eugene Laverty #50:

23rd - 1.35.182 (42 laps):

“It is a long time since I rode here so it was like the first time again today. It was a strange day for us, even though we had plenty of track time. We had some problems with the front end and I don't remember finishing a session so far back. Our set-up has worked well at other tracks but this one is quite unique, there isn't a lot of grip and we lost some confidence in the front. We pushed hard but the lap times didn't come and I didn't feel comfortable on the bike. We will have to adapt the bike better tomorrow because it is not turning in some sections of the track.”

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2015 Aspar Team 05 Le Mans GP

2015 Aspar Team during the race 05 GP of France in Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans (France) during the 2015 Season of World Motorcycle Championship 2015 © 2015 mirco lazzari mircolazzari@yahoo.it

2015 Aspar Team 05 Le Mans GP

2015 Aspar Team during the race 05 GP of France in Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans (France) during the 2015 Season of World Motorcycle Championship 2015 © 2015 mirco lazzari mircolazzari@yahoo.it

2015 Aspar Team 05 Le Mans GP

2015 Aspar Team during the race 05 GP of France in Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans (France) during the 2015 Season of World Motorcycle Championship 2015 © 2015 mirco lazzari mircolazzari@yahoo.it