That hometown feeling had a positive influence on Aleix Espargarò, who began the first day of practice in Catalunya with the best time of the FP1 session. Having ascertained the Aprilia RS-GP’s good performance on the Montmelò asphalt, the rider from Granollers tackled the afternoon session working on pace and tyre choice. With a time attack in the finale, he then clinched a top-10 spot and with it, provisional direct access to the Q2 session.
Lorenzo Savadori, on the other hand, familiarised himself with a circuit that is new to him, astride a MotoGP bike, no less. In extremely close standings, the Italian rookie still improved his times consistently, faltering only a bit on the new tyre. In any case, especially in FP2, Lorenzo demonstrated good speed, outperforming big-name and much more experienced rivals.
“As always, the grip here in Barcelona is rather low and that also makes it hard to analyse tyre performance. I hope the track continues to rubberise and improve, as happened already between the two sessions today. In any case, I am pleased overall and I’m confident that we’ll be able to take another step forward tomorrow.”
“The first day here at Montmelò did not go badly. There are still some things I need to develop, but we’ll do it with my crew chief and the mechs, analysing the data. Pace is not bad and I noticed that I’m pretty fast even when riding with the others. Unfortunately, I made a mistake on T3 with the new tyre and was unable to improve my time, but I am still satisfied with this first day.”