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Aegerter struggles with the bike, Mulhauser learns a new circuit


The first day of free practice for the Catalan Moto2 Grand Prix on the circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya (new official name) took place in an extreme heat. Between the morning and the afternoon the track temperature increased by almost 20 degrees, causing significant problems for many teams. Ninth overall on the first day and the best rider of the Swiss manufacturer Suter, Dominique Aegerter still has a lot of work to do on Saturday. His teammate in the Technomag-carXpert Team, Robin Mulhauser, learns this fantastic circuit as he also struggles with the heat.

Dominique Aegerter (9th): "First of all, well done to "Tito" Rabat, I have no idea where he is coming from with his lap times. I'm actually not that far- some 3 tenths of a second - off the second fastest time of the day, but it's still a lot. What makes me concerned even more is that this afternoon with the increasing heat we had many more problems. I was giving it everything but I simply wasn't able to let the bike go fast in the corners, the grip of my rear tyre was really bad. We tried both tyres that we have at our disposal but there was no big difference. Realising that I was the best rider of my manufacturer the afternoon and I was still only 11th in that session, I do have a reason to be disappointed."

Robin Mulhauser (33rd): "Yet another new circuit for me to discover. I got into a regular pace this morning very quickly (1'50); this afternoon I struggled to improve like everyone else did. The bike is sliding a lot in such a heat. On the final lap I put the hammer down, which would have let me gain a few positions but another rider slowed me down in the last corner. This is only a postponement, however, because I am determined to continue my weekend as always before - I want to keep making a progress every time I go out."