Aleix Espargarò showed a lion’s heart at Aragon MotorLand’s MotoGP weekend. The first day of free practice saw him finish twice on the asphalt, on Saturday morning he was unable to improve after losing some confidence with the Aprilia RS-GP, only to find himself having to go through Q1. The Granollers rider first scored the best first-half lap of qualifying, anticipating a Ducati Johann Zarco, and then secured a second row in the starting grid.
Alex Espargari V-17 from the top of MotoGP
At first he had to contend with Brad Bender and Jack Miller, he didn’t have the Ducati pace of Bagnaia and Bastianini, but he managed to snatch the third step off the podium. Fabio Quartararo’s downfall made the world championship downhill and now 17 points separate him from the lead. “We should always believe in him, we all put in the effort, and the weekend started with a couple of incidents. The second time the bike split in two. Friday 23:00 I was still in the pit with the mechanics, I felt bad for them, then I lost some confidence… I’m happy“.
On the eve of the Motegi GP, Alex Espargari thinks he has the same chances as Pico and Fabio, although he must admit that Ducati Desmosedici is currently dominating over great distances. “I still think we have a 33% chance, Fabio is not much faster than me, but Pico is stronger than us, he has a very top level bike and he rides 10 out of 10 in all sessions and races. Anything can happen, we are now hitting paths around the world we haven’t been to in a long time. Strange things happened at Ducati at the start of the season outside Europe“.
Aprilia in the Motegi test
In March the GP22 was still suffering from some technical delays, times have changed now, Pecco Bagnaia is in good shape with Desmosedici, but the Spaniard has only one victory but a string of solid results. “If I have the same points as Pecco and more points than Enea, who has won many races, that means on bad days I finish 6th and that puts me in the race. In Motegi everything should go well, it is difficult to make predictions, in recent years Motegi has been shooting on water and therefore we have very few references. but Aprilia – Alex Espargari confirms – Goes well everywhere“.
The Fabio Quartaro incident It’s an opportunity to seize, it’s not about profit, but racing accidents are part of MotoGP. “I saw a yellow flag and several bits on the ground on lap two, and I saw a Yamaha, but I didn’t know if it was from Morbidley or his. Then the team said “FOURTH OUT” and I got it. But instead of saying “calm down,” he asked my brain to push. If he falls and you finish in sixth place, it is useless. I didn’t have enough speed to be with the Ducatis, so third place is good“.There are still five weekends full of hope, sweat and suffering…”It certainly won’t be easy, but that’s MotoGP. You never know what will happen“.