ALEIX PENALISED SIX POSITIONS
Aleix Espargaró and Scott Redding will start side by side from the seventh row in the GP of Germany that will be held tomorrow on the Sachsenring circuit.
However, while Redding’s spot on the grid was decided by his 20th place time (1’21.749), for Espargaró it is the result of a penalty levied for having slowed Marc Márquez during the FP3 session. Aleix did not realise that Márquez was approaching him from behind and he involuntarily slowed him down. For this, the MotoGP Stewards Panel penalised him six positions, moving him back from the thirteenth place that he had earned in Q1 with a nice time of 1’20.972.
Luck was not on the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini number 41 rider’s side either who, first saw his chances at going straight through to Q2 go up in smoke by just 235 thousandths in FP3 and then in Q1 he missed his shot by just 9 thousandths of a second. On the track, Aleix demonstrated a good pace, so much that he finished FP4 in fifth place.
Scott Redding is expecting a fiercely fought race where he’ll be able to play his cards thanks to the good feeling he has demonstrated in terms of consistency in his long runs.