NGM Forward Racing's Aleix Espargaro was full of praise for the new open class FTR Yamaha M1 after giving the machine its debut in Valencia.

Esparago, who dominated the CRT class this season, said the performance of the production racer exceeded his expectations as he lapped in 1m 32.847s to finish ahead of team-mate Colin Edwards in 15th position after the pair shared the bike at the Spanish circuit.

"I am happy; I did not expect the bike to be this good right from the start," he said.

"I just did 17 laps today because we only have one bike and Colin used it in the afternoon, I will continue working tomorrow.

"The first impression is really good, the bike is working well, FTR did a really good job in just four weeks time so I am really happy," Espargaro added.

"We have a lot to do in terms of the electronics and in other little things but it being the first day today out on the bike.

"To be the first day, I was able to push a few laps and it means we are doing things well."



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