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Qatar MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro explains qualifying 'disaster'

Qatar MotoGP qualifying favourite Aleix Espargaro explains two falls in fifteen minutes.
Unbeaten on Thursday and Friday - and with the special Open class soft tyre at his disposal for MotoGP qualifying - Aleix Espargaro was favourite to take a memorable debut pole on the new Forward Yamaha in Qatar.

But the soft tyre proved his undoing, changing the balance of his machine and sending Espargaro crashing into the gravel twice during the 15-minute Qualifying 2 shootout.

“Qualifying was a disaster. After FP4 I was confident because with the hard rear tyre the pace was really, really good. But as soon as we put the soft rear tyre on the front felt like it was floating a little bit. Not enough grip,” he said.

“I crashed once and took the spare bike. Obviously the second bike was not the same feeling but even so I was quite fast, under pole position going into the last sector. But again I made a mistake and crashed. I just want to say sorry to my team because they will have to work really hard tonight.”

Despite the double trouble, Espargaro still set a lap time just 0.479s behind Marc Marquez's pole position. However on the ultra-close timesheets that was only good enough for ninth on the grid.

“Tomorrow will be fun. We will start from the third row and we need to overtake a lot of riders, but I will push at 100 percent again we'll see what is the position. We'll need to really focus on the start and first laps to stop the front guys getting away… This was just qualifying, tomorrow is the most important thing.”

Team-mate Colin Edwards will start 14th on the grid.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Espargaro

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March 22, 2014 11:23 PM

I'm calling BS for the fact that wasn't his first time running the soft rear with the hard front. Everybody is running the hard front and he made most of his quick laps on the soft rear and was able to also make fast laps on the hard rear, but not ass consistent. The way I see it. He let the fact that he had the pace from day one due to his post test data and familiarity. He let it go to his head as if he were untouchable and knew it was easy to make time. But once riders who didn't attend the Qatar test got those bikes dialed in. He didn't know how to handle that pressure and folded. TWICE. Don't want to hear no BS bout that rear soft you been running on that track for about 5 days worth of time now. Get outta here.. You folded. Lesson learned take that from it and don't make an excuse. Learn how to handle the pressure the champion grade riders have learned to harness. Lol Tyres.

Ah choo. Rossi's no 1 sneeze!

March 23, 2014 5:51 AM

Turpiurfi: What a retard who posted this idiotic comment!
It took you three attempts to post that and you still couldn't get the quote in your post (so it looks like you're calling yourself a retard)? Good grief. The guy says the front didn't feel right on the first crash and he made a mistake while pushing too hard on the second crash. Seems reasonable to me.

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