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Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Lead The Way After Catalan Free Practice

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Team SUZUKI ECSTAR‰Ûªs Aleix EspargarÌ_ and Maverick Vi̱ales both put in stunning performances at the Catalan Grand Prix opening day in Spain with both riders secure in the top-five positions for almost the duration of both FP1 and FP2.

EspargarÌ_ scored today‰Ûªs best time with a 1m 41.158s lap that gives him the provisional pole, as Vi̱ales consistently-improved his lap-times and finally managed to find the confidence that allowed him to start exploring the pace further; setting a positive series of laps which resulted in an excellent 1m 41.992s-lap that puts him in fifth position.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs a very positive feeling." Espargaro enthused. "This race means a lot to me and I feel very comfortable on this track, therefore it is emotional to be leading the pack.

"I know it‰Ûªs only Friday but we‰Ûªve done a huge job, also because this track requires a very fine-handling machine and my GSX-RR excels at that. We mainly worked to find a good set-up and started immediately to use the new engine developments that arrived from Japan; I don‰Ûªt feel an extraordinary difference but for sure we showed some improvements.

"Of course we still need to work on them to find the best set-up and electronics settings. Apart from the results, which are very satisfying, the best feeling is that Suzuki is giving me unbelievable support; everyone is working very hard and deeply believe in the project: This is something that makes me very proud and happy.‰Û

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