The rain in the afternoon made it an uphill battle for Aleix Espargaró and his Aprilia, so much that the Spaniard had to settle for eighth place in qualifying behind his brother Pol. A small step backward for the RS-GP, consistently in the top five throughout free practice.
There is a touch of disappointment on Aleix’s face.
“Eighth place is not bad but I was aiming to do better – he pointed out – especially given how competitive I was in all the sessions. Tomorrow I am hoping for a dry race – he added – well aware that we have the best pace of the season.”
Dry or wet does not matter much to him.
“I stopped watching the weather forecast because it is basically useless here – he commented – Analysing the situation well and choosing the right tyre will be essential. The asphalt dries out very quickly here, so we will need to be smart in deciding the best strategy.”
It was a bitter afternoon, on the other hand, for teammate Sam Lowes who was unable to go through to Q2, conditioned, among other things, by a crash.
“I am a bit disappointed with the qualifiers – the Brit said – I have always been fast in the wet and I expected to be able to go through to Q2. The crash was rather violent and I have a bit of pain in my back, but fortunately nothing serious.”
However, he has no lack of confidence in view of the race.
“In FP4 we did a really good job – ha reminded – Before it started raining I did a long run at a competitive pace. In terms of settings, we are fairly well dialled in for any conditions – he added – Maybe on the front we can still make some changes, but in general I am feeling positive about the race tomorrow."