Top ten start for Pull&Bear Aspar pair

2017-05-19 08:05
Rainy conditions made life difficult for the riders on the opening day of the Grand Prix de France, with the majority setting their best laps of the day during the first free practice session when there was limited opportunity to use slick tyres. Only Andrea Dovizioso and Scott Redding managed to improve on a completely wet track in the afternoon, meaning Jack Miller holds on to top spot overnight at Le Mans, after lapping more than a second quicker than closest rival Marc Márquez with almost another second back to Johann Zarco in third. Miller is one of six Independent team riders in the top ten today, with two of them in the colours of the Pull&Bear Aspar Team.

It was a top ten start for both Karel Abraham and Álvaro Bautista, with the Czech rider particularly impressive considering that he did not ride at Le Mans last season. Abraham was in the top ten this morning and again this afternoon, up until a technical problem limited his track activity to just seven laps. Meanwhile the Spaniard finished ninth on a day that saw his crew introduce a modified base set-up compared to recent races. Bautista felt immediately more comfortable with the changes and will fight tomorrow for direct access to Q2.



6th Karel Abraham 1:40.528 (21 laps): “I think today was a very good day for us because this morning was my first time on the new tarmac here and my first time at the track for two years. We managed to use slick tyres at the end of the morning session and make our way into the top ten, which was important for us. The afternoon was also good for us, I was in around eighth place when I was on track but then we had a little technical problem so I had to stop while we solved it. I went back out for one lap just to check it but it didn't make sense to complete any more laps. The position in the afternoon doesn't look good because I am in second to last place but when I was on the track I was quite comfortably in the top ten. We're not looking at the result but at the performance and the performance was very good today."

9th Álvaro Bautista 1:41.024 (42 laps):“It was a bit of a strange day today. The track was drying out this morning and then in the afternoon it was wet. I am happy with the feeling, we have changed the set-up of the bike, which we have been wanting to do for the last couple of races. As soon as I went out on the changed bike I felt pretty good from the first lap. On the occasions it has rained so far this season I have not been so smooth but today I felt comfortable, the new set-up helped to give me more confidence on the bike. We finished ninth today but if it is dry tomorrow we will all be trying to push for a 'pre-qualifier'. We will have to work hard to find a good feeling because that's what you need when it is time to grit your teeth and push.”

Source: AsparTeam

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