The Avintia Esponsorama riders have completed their first laps on the Assen track after the first two free practice sessions of the Motul TT Assen with rain as the protagonist during the afternoon.

Xavi Cardelús ended the first day with a good feeling and was fast from the first free practice. The Andorran rider clocked a best time of 1:44.285 in the afternoon session, putting him in ninth position in the combined and close to the front riders.

André Pires was able to complete his first laps at Assen, a completely new circuit for him. The Portuguese rider has been working to improve and find the speed that will allow him to get closer to the rest of his riders. Pires set a time of 1:49.327.

Tomorrow in Assen there will be the third free practice and before the Dutch Grand Prix qualifying.

“First positive day, 9th position in the combined and we are not too far from the top 3. We will see if we can change some things tomorrow to find the speed we are missing, as we can be a bit quicker in a couple of parts of the circuit.”

“It was a good Friday and I’ve been working on the adaptation. The track is very fast and I have never felt so much speed on the MotoE. In FP2 the weather conditions were not the best due to the rain, but I was able to improve my time. Now I must work to keep improving and get closer to the rest of the riders. I feel comfortable with the bike and in this circuit. I’m going to give it my all.”