ALEIX WILL START FROM THE FOURTH ROW IN THE MUGELLO GP
EIGHTH ROW FOR SAM LOWES
With an excellent FP3 session where he even led the provisional standings, battling with the best and finishing with a time of 1'47.173 just over six tenths from the leader, Aleix Espargaró went straight through to Q2.
In the final, decisive session that defines the top spots on the starting grid for the Italian GP, a crash during the first lap compromised Aleix's qualifying, so with only five laps done, the best in 1'47.475, he will start tomorrow from the twelfth spot on the fourth row of the grid. This is a good placement which, however, does not reflect the true value of the Espargaró/RS-GP package, capable of doing decidedly better times in practices. But the good race pace and the satisfaction drawn from the performance that the Aprilia has achieved on a challenging track like only Mugello can be, make Aleix and the entire Aprilia Racing Team Gresini optimistic about the race tomorrow.
Sam Lowes finished the first qualifying session (Q1) with a time of 1'48.416. He was also unable to repeat his performance from the morning practice sessions, so he will start from the eighth row with his 22nd best time.