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Aprilia Shines at French MotoGP: Vinales and Espargaro Hit High Notes in Le Mans Practice

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Maverick Vinales asserts, "In terms of race speed, we're competitive" | Aleix Espargaro proclaims, "This is the quickest I've felt since Qatar."

The Aprilia duo kicks off impressively at the French MotoGP in Le Mans.

During Friday's practice session for the French MotoGP, Aprilia's Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro showcased impressive teamwork, securing fourth and seventh positions respectively.

Vinales, after a letdown at Jerez on Sunday, pinpointed a problem with his backup motorcycle. Despite experiencing some issues with the front locking, he was thrilled to be near the front of the pack and identified it as a clear opportunity for enhancement come Saturday.

"Vinales mentioned that although the sensation from the front tire was less than ideal, he managed to maintain a quick pace. He believes that their race speed is competitive, noting that he was a mere 0.269 seconds behind Ducati's leading rider, Jorge Martin, during his quick lap."

In my attempt to better my timing, a cautionary yellow flag hindered my progress, yet I remained within striking distance. I'm optimistic about making significant advancements by tomorrow. I firmly believe I can contend with the Ducatis.

Meanwhile, Espargaro found his way back to the fast pace he had demonstrated during the opening race in Qatar.

"Following Qatar, this is the circuit where my speed has been most impressive," he remarked. "I'm feeling incredibly comfortable on the bike.

During my time trial, I overshot turn 9, which resulted in a slight delay as I lost a few tenths of a second.

"My experience has surpassed my initial expectations. Right from the beginning, I've been quick and in contention. Today has truly been enjoyable for me."

"Following the Jerez trial, we experimented with lowering my posture on the motorcycle, which has improved my braking performance."

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