"The performance of our engine has certainly improved compared to the past and this morning I was rather pleased. We were not far behind the leaders. However, with the temperature change in the afternoon, we lacked power and I struggled a lot in acceleration. I tried to compensate by risking more in braking, so much that I crashed, but we need to improve for the sessions tomorrow."
OPENING PRACTICE FOR THE GP OF ITALY AT MUGELLO
The first two MotoGP practice sessions got underway for the fans on the spectacular Tuscan circuit of Mugello. The results are rather compact combined standings, where both Aleix and Scott improved their times between the morning and the afternoon. Espargaró, who had a crash toward the end of FP2, turned his best lap at 1'48.113, just 1.3 seconds behind the leader and 4 tenths of a second outside a provisional top-10 spot.
Struggling with tyre choice and speed on turns, Scott Redding turned his best lap at 1'48.458.
"I struggled today, especially choosing the right tyre combination. In the afternoon, we were able to take a small step forward. I had more confidence, but there is still a bit of difficulty in terms of corner speed. We'll need to work on this aspect in particular for tomorrow."