Espargaro has typically favoured the hard front tyre on his KTM this season, but due to having an allocation of just five to get through the weekend he was forced to use the medium option.
The KTM rider says he had a “big lock-up” braking for the Turn 13 right-hander early in the second session at Misano and “needed to crash” when he ran off as the “speed was huge”.
“We have just five hard ones [front tyre] to use for the weekend, which is the one that gives me the safety to brake,” Espargaro explained. “We could use one at the end of FP1, which was very good. But then, because we need a back-up also for Sunday, we needed to use a medium front in the afternoon when the temperature is going up and I cannot use this tyre. We need to use it because we don’t have enough [hard] tyres.
“I went into [sector] three, at Turns 11, 12, 13, where normally I’m one of the fastest. But with this tyre I couldn’t hold the line, then I had a big lock-up and I needed to go straight. The speed was huge and I needed to crash.”
Espargaro walked away from the incident unscathed and ended the session fifth fastest – 0.071 seconds from KTM teammate Brad Binder in top spot.
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