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Spain MotoGP: Espargaro: Great to be top, but race is priority

Aleix Espargaro says he remains focused on setting up his Forward Yamaha to challenge for the podium he feels he is capable of.
Aleix Espargaro says striving for a podium in the Spanish Grand Prix remains his 'priority', despite taking advantage of the 'super soft' Bridgestone tyres to post the quickest lap time of free practice day in Jerez.

The first outing for the 'super soft' tyre this season, Espargaro was in fine form during the cooler FP1 session to put in two laps that were not only comfortably quicker than the opposition in that session, but would continue to hold firm to the end of the day when temperatures rose and grip worsened.

Indeed, though the softer tyre for the Open class machines has raised doubts over whether the Forward Yamaha can sustain such a pace over a race distance, Espargaro maintains that he spent much of his day working on race set-up with the harder tyre in an effort to target the 'dream' podium on home soil he feels he is capable of.

“I'm satisfied of how we started here in Jerez. This morning we found a good set up and I was able to push from the beginning. In the afternoon the track was very slippery due to the torrid temperatures and it was more difficult to push as I was losing the front, especially with the soft tyre.

“The most important thing is that we have a good pace with the hard tyre and that we lapped with the full tank. We will keep on working in preparation of the race. It's great to close the first day on top but my priority is to get a good result in the race and a podium is my target as well as my dream.”

Tagged as: Yamaha , Espargaro , Forward

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May 02, 2014 5:22 PM

marcfan: I bet he will win this race look the gap he obtain i can say that if he get the good bike he is the greatest rider of motogp history
Possibly the most humorous comment I've read on here.


May 02, 2014 6:07 PM

the real shame is how the rule makers limit the open bikes to mediums and softs, whilst marcus wins races on the hard tires. oh yeah, we will give you open guys a chance to look fast, but god forbid you beat up on the satellite bikes or even chance a podium. Loooolz. Don't you love it. Fairness is doing what you are told. Some people just can't see it though, ... Don't want to see it.

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