DRIVE M7 Aspar Press Release: Much like last year’s Spanish Grand Prix, this season’s race at Jerez enjoyed its best moments right at the start, with the winner decided after only a couple of laps. Marc Márquez started from pole, but was overtaken by Valentino Rossi off the line. When Márquez got back in front, Rossi responded with another pass attempt on the inside. The strategy of slowing down the Spaniard was clear, but from the third lap a run of 4 consecutive race fastest laps took Márquez away, the only rider to go round in under 1’39. He claimed a 4th consecutive victory this season, Rossi took second place by a matter of meters, and Dani Pedrosa clinched third after cutting the gap to the Italian. Now that the championship has stabilized slightly, and not counting the anomalous Qatar race, it is apparent that DRIVE M7 Aspar rider Nicky Hayden is finding his way with the new RCV1000R. As a winning rider he was obviously dissatisfied with eleventh, but the American continues with his intention of improvement. Riding steadily this weekend, beating his lap times in every session and finishing only just outside the Top 10 in the race, Hayden took eleventh place for the third consecutive round. Today he was only 35 seconds behind the winner, and 8 seconds off the second group. Teammate Hiroshi Aoyama had a brilliant race from the back. The start of the race was hard for him, due to a lack of feeling with the cold front tire. Aoyama’s caution caused him to drop down several places. Later on, the DRIVE M7 Aspar rider increased the pace to regain lost ground and achieve twelfth position, almost 5 seconds behind his teammate.
Nicky Hayden #69: 11th Place “On paper this circuit should be more favorable than others for our bike, considering that here the difference in top speed would not be so big. On the first 2 laps the second group tried to escape, but I fought to catch them up and I have ended up close to Bradl. However, as the laps went by I made a mistake at Turn 4 and he broke away. It was a shame, as it would have been nice to beat a factory rider. In any case, looking at our pace and performance today, we have had our best race so far. Today we used the super soft tires and they worked really well; we knew it was bit risky to complete the full race distance with them, because they may not have reached the end intact. I want to thank Bridgestone for letting us use them. The most convenient and safe thing for them would have been to not allow us to use such a soft compound, but they left it up to us. This was important to us, as we always have to find the limit of tire grip to maintain speed when cornering. In the end the tires were very consistent and I had fun riding. I’;m pretty satisfied. I want to thank the Clinica Mobile at the circuit for their work with me this weekend, because they managed to reduce the discomfort in my hand.”
Hiroshi Aoyama #7: 12th Place “Today we had a very hot and hard race. I tried to fight from the beginning to keep my position but it was difficult for me to find a feeling with the front tire. That meant I could not push hard at the start of the race and needed to be more prudent. Fortunately, after 6 laps I started to feel more comfortable on the bike and gained confidence with the tires. Gradually I found my place and I was able to pick up the pace to try to gain positions. I managed to reach the group riding in front of me and tried to overtake them, but when I felt most comfortable I was blocked by other riders. It was a shame, because I could not make the most of the tires when they were performing at their best. In any case, I am satisfied that we had quite a positive pace, both in practice and in the race. This gives us more confidence for the next races.” For more information: www.teamaspar.com