"In qualifying, we missed going through to Q2 by just a few tenths with only one lap available on the second run. With a bit of luck, we could have gained a few positions on the grid. I am still struggling when I release the brakes. I need to brake hard and then open the throttle back up to generate load transfers that let me turn the bike, so there are still some difficulties but on this track I am able to be faster and I think that in the race we'll be able to battle in the top 12, which is certainly not our goal, but right now it's a realistic target."
SEVENTH ROW FOR SCOTT REDDING
Aleix Espargaró will start tomorrow from the fifth row in the GP of Aragón, the fourteenth round of the MotoGP Championship. Scott Redding will be on the seventh row.
Espargaró missed his goal of going through to the second qualifying session, finishing Q1 fifth with a time of 1'48.181, just over two tenths behind the second place time, which would have sent him through to Q2. In any case, this respectable performance earns him a spot on the fifth row which is a small step forward on the grid compared to recent races.
Scott Redding was a bit farther back, limited by the lack of grip and finishing qualifying in twenty-first place (with a time of 1'49.303) and he will start from the seventh row tomorrow.
"Unfortunately, we weren't able to solve all of our problems today. Especially in qualifying, I really struggled with rear grip and that is a situation that doesn't change much between the various available tyre compounds. Given the characteristics of the circuit, struggling in braking and acceleration means losing a lot of time. I don't expect any revolutions from now to the race, tomorrow it will be hard."