M2: French GP: Team Aspar Friday report

Decent start for Moto2 team on new Suter chassis The Moto2 teams and riders enjoyed the kind of weather they'd never expected to see at Le Mans as warm sunshine welcomed them to France for the third round of the season -- betraying the...

Decent start for Moto2 team on new Suter chassis

The Moto2 teams and riders enjoyed the kind of weather they'd never expected to see at Le Mans as warm sunshine welcomed them to France for the third round of the season -- betraying the traditional conditions at this race. Local favourite Jules Cluzel took advantage to set the fastest time on the opening day but all 41 riders in the new intermediate class were in close proximity.

Mapfre rider Julian Simon reported positive feedback from his first outing on the Suter chassis since an initial shakedown test at Albacete last week. The Spaniard set a consistent pace throughout this afternoon's hour-long session as he continued his adaptation and he spent the majority of that time amongst the pacesetters. Only a technical setback in the final few minutes limited him to seventh place overall. Mike Di Meglio was just four tenths off the pace of his team-mate, struggling slightly more to adapt to the new frame at his home circuit. The Frenchman was 21st on the time sheets but is well aware of where he needs to improve if he is to make a stronger challenge tomorrow.

7th Julian Simon 1.40.808 (22 laps):

"I am really happy to start the Grand Prix like this on the new bike. We still have a lot of work to do on the chassis set-up and we need to put more kilometres on the clock so that myself and the mechanics can understand it more. To be honest we're really happy today though and we're confident we can improve tomorrow. By the halfway stage of the session I was challenging near the top but when we put a fresh tyre on we had a problem with the gearbox and I had to pull in. In the end there was no time for more. We'll try some more things with the set-up tomorrow and try to finish higher up the order. The sessions at Albacete and here have already given us a lot of confidence in the front end through the corners and I think we have time tomorrow to prepare the bike for the race."

21st Mike Di Meglio 1.41.278 (28 laps):

"I didn't honestly feel that good on the new bike today. It is strange because at Albacete I felt comfortable and confident even though I didn't know the bike. I'm not too stressed though because after speaking with my mechanics this afternoon I was able to understand the reasons why we weren't fast today and I'll be pushing to put that right tomorrow. With so many riders on track it is sometimes hard to get your reference points without somebody in your way but that is no excuse -- tomorrow I have to improve my lap times and qualify higher up. It is my home Grand Prix and I won't stop working until I feel better on this bike because I want to put on a good show for the fans."

-source: team aspar

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Julian Simon , Jules Cluzel