EXCELLENT DAY FOR ALEIX ESPARGARÓ WHO RIDES HIS RS-GP TO THE THIRD ROW
The Argentinian 2017 MotoGP weekend continues according to predictions. In fact, the foul weather forecast punctually conditioned the sessions today. Although it was not a violent storm, the riders were still able to use the wet tyres both in FP4 and in qualifying.
A first for Aleix Espargaró, who had not yet ridden his RS-GP in the rain. The results were rather encouraging. The Spanish rider, who went straight through to Q2 thanks to his performance yesterday, had an outstanding qualifying session, taking a spot on the third row (eighth place, 1'49.323). This is a placement that ties the one achieved by the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini last year at Phillip Island.
Sam Lowes continues to improve, shaving time off his best for this track in FP3 by more than half a second. In Q1, on the other hand, a sliding crash on the first turn kept the English rookie from launching a final assault for a good spot on the grid. Sam will therefore start from the eighth row with the 22nd best time.