Saturday, September 13, 2014

Team Drive M7 Aspar Team's Aoyama 15th, Camier 16th in MotoGP San Marino Qualifying

13/09/14. 13 GP SAN MARINO - MISANO/MARCO SIMONCELLI - QP                                                                                                      

Fifth and sixth row of the grid for DRIVE M7 Aspar riders

Aoyama and Camier improve to secure 15th and 16th

Misano is certainly a track where Lorenzo enjoys riding, and seemingly the technical conditions make it a good venue for Yamaha. The Spaniard, who has won the last three editions of the San Marino Grand Prix, took pole on Saturday, paving the way for a possible fourth consecutive victory. With good weather today the MotoGP riders were able to work without such a risk of crashing as on the first day. The final qualifying session was the most entertaining. Dovizioso started off showing that yesterday was not a fluke, then the likes of Lorenzo, Marquez and Iannone took over. Two Spaniards against two Italians, and Ducati showing that at this circuit they are not so far from Honda and Yamaha. In the end, Lorenzo was took first place ahead of Iannone and Rossi. For the race tomorrow, a battle between Spain and Italy is all set up. The difference between the first six riders was just two-tenths, the perfect ingredient for a tight race from start to finish. 

Although yesterday the team suffered significantly because of the rain, as did all the MotoGP riders, today the DRIVE M7 Aspar pair enjoyed themselves at Misano. Both managed to improve throughout the day and the final practice session was the prelude to what qualifying would produce. Both Hiroshi and Leon recorded their best times of the weekend in Q1. Hiroshi improved almost six tenths on his best time in FP and Leon, almost three. They have shown fighting spirit and good pace for the race tomorrow. Eventually the Japanese rider was classified in 15th position at the back of the fifth row, and the British rider just one position behind him, at the front of row six. 
Hiroshi Aoyama 15th 1’34.966: "I guess all the riders will be happy today, the weather conditions have changed a lot from the first day and we were able to work smoothly. This morning we worked in a particular direction to try to find the best set-up. In the afternoon conditions changed because the temperature increased so we had to adapt. We are happy with our work, but we have to raise the race and see if the tyres will perform properly for all the race. We still need to get a bit more grip and the bike to turn better. We will work during the morning warm-up session to tune it in, as we need to try to be a little faster."

Leon Camier 16th 1’35.275: "I had so much fun riding in the final practice session. I am generally happy with the feelings today, the work on the bike allowed me to ride without taking too many risks. Since yesterday we have improved a lot, even in the wet. Today in a short time we felt very comfortable and we improved in each outing. In Q1 I improved three tenths from FP4, and hoped to improve a little more in the latter part of the circuit, but I started to notice that we were losing the front end so I had to be careful. We are happy because we have done a good job and we're ready for tomorrow's race. We have narrowed the gap with riders such as Redding, but even so we still have one more step to try to match their level. Our pace is optimal but I will not pressure myself to predict a result. Tomorrow I'll go out and enjoy the riding as I did today, and then we'll see how far we can go."


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