The Avintia Esponsorama Racing riders have finished the first day of the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya after completing a great job.

Xavi Cardelús was 9th in the first free practice. In the second free practice, the Andorran rider managed to lower his morning time by almost half a second. His best lap time was 1:51.796, placing him 10th in the combined session.

André Pires was able to accumulate his first kilometers at the Circuit de Barcelona. The Portuguese showed a remarkable improvement from the first free practice to the second one, being 7 tenths of a second quicker. Finally, Pires was 18th in the combined practice, stopping the clock in 1:55.543.

Tomorrow will be the third free practice before the e-Pole of the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya.

“It wasn’t a bad start. The first session went quite well. It’s the first time with the MotoE here and we knew it wasn’t going to be perfect at the beginning, but from the first session I felt really good. In the second session we tried to improve and go in the right direction, but we still have some margin. We’ll see tomorrow if we can find what we’re missing.”

“I’m adapting to the bike. I am liking the circuit, I have improved in the second practice compared to the first one. I still have a lot of things to improve, but that’s what I’m trying to do, looking for a good feeling with the bike and a good set-up. At the end of the day we only do a few laps and I wanted to find a good feeling and try to go as fast as possible. Thank you very much to the team, they are doing a great job.”