ESPARGARÓ OFF TO A GOOD START, LOWES GAINS POSITIONS
The first day of practice at Mugello for the upcoming GP on Sunday returned encouraging indicators for both Aleix Espargaró and Sam Lowes. Although both were hindered by a crash in FP2, the riders still managed to improve on their times from the morning session astride their Aprilia RS-GP machines, significantly narrowing the gap behind the ranking leaders.
Aleix Espargaró crashed in the early stages of FP2 right when he was lapping in the top end of the standings. Forced to switch bikes, he then finished with a good 1'48.129 (16th best time) just over seven tenths behind the top time. Lowes' crash, also in FP2, forced the Brit to end his session after turning only five laps, but that did not keep him from improving on his morning session by almost a second, finishing in twentieth place with 1'48.842.
The two sessions, which ended without either of them having actually attempted a true time attack, left positive sensations for the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini riders and a good technical base on which to build an assault for better positions in the qualifying sessions tomorrow.