By totalmotorcycle TEAM $SUZUKI @ECSTAR KICKS OFF THE #LEMANS GP
Team Suzuki Press Office – May 6.
The first day of MotoGP™ practice at the Le Mans circuit in France saw both Team SUZUKI ECSTAR’s Aleix Espargaró and Maverick Viñales have an intense day testing the new set-up options they found at the recent Jerez test and the final classification of the day sees them both well into the leading group.
Both the crews had a very tight testing plan, trying different configurations in the electronics and, most importantly, in the set-ups. The result was that both riders recorded important improvements, and finally in the second Free Practice session saw them knock over a second off their morning times to place sixth for Espargaró and seventh for Viñales with times of 1’33.595 and 1’33.613 respectively.
The day was also positive with the new tyres that Michelin brought to Le Mans and feedback from the riders is positive. Espargaró also had an issue with his first bike, which switched off around the middle of the session while exiting the second run. The issue is now under investigation but it seems it came from an electronic failure.
Davide Brivio – Team Manager:
“It has been a very intense day for both riders as we had many ideas after the Jerez test and we wanted to explore some solutions. Today Aleix seemed to be the one who most liked the new set-ups, finding himself confident and improving his lap times consistently. He had a little electronic issue but this didn’t affect his work and the feedback he had about the GSX-RR behaviour was positive, although there are still some margins. Maverick instead had a little harder day, he had positive feelings after Jerez but here he hasn’t found the proper way to exploit at its …read more