SIXTH ROW FOR ANDREA IANNONE
In motorsports, thousandths of seconds make the difference. This is no common place. Just analyse the performance today by Aleix Espargaró: in a frenetic FP3 session, the Aprilia rider missed a spot in the top 10 (which would have sent him straight through to Q2) by 78 thousandths. Then, in Q1, it was a difference of just 99 thousandths that denied Aleix access to the final qualifying session for the second time. His fourteenth place at the end of the day translates into the fifth row for a race which promises to be rather treacherous in terms of tyre wear if the weather remains as predicted.
Andrea Iannone will start from three spots farther back on the grid after working hard preparing for the race to make up the time lost yesterday. The Italian rider proved to be rather competitive in the first two sectors, whereas he seems to have some limitations on the second half of the track.