Espargaro content with Friday practice

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Pol Espargaro was happy with his combined times at Fridays two free practice sessions ahead of the weekend's Czech Grand Prix.

Conditions at the Brno circuit were difficult on Friday with high temperatures and a greasy track that saw seven riders fall.

The Spaniard, though, was impressive in the difficult conditions finishing with a fifth best time of 1'57.078. 

Speaking to, Espargaro said that at first he struggled but as the day progressed things got a lot better.

"Overall it has been a positive but challenging first day. This morning we were struggling in different areas, so my confidence wasn't at its highest. 

"Yet, we able to find the right direction to work towards and fortunately the modifications we made for the afternoon session, made me feel much more comfortable on the bike," said Espargaro. 

"This was truly positive as the conditions were much warmer in the afternoon and it should be very similar in Sunday's race which also helps to boost my confidence. 

"In free practice 2, the soft rear tyre was working really well and I could actually ride the bike in the way that I wanted to and I enjoyed it too. Therefore my rhythm along with my fastest lap time improved significantly. 

"So after a tricky start to the weekend I can now optimistically look tomorrow's FP3 session," he added.