The Friday at Losail had Aleix Espargaró playing catch-up, out of the top ten by three tenths and forced to settle for the twelfth best time. Among other things, the Spaniard went out on the track flaunting the new engine for which he has been waiting for some time now. The sensations are definitely better than the tests.
“I must say that I am happier compared to the winter tests – the Spaniard began – The new engine is not as much of a huge revolution as I had thought, but we are still close to the leaders, plus we can be fast in terms of race pace.”
Aleix then went into detail concerning the latest advancement that the Noale-based manufacturer has brought to the track.
“Redding says that it performs very well going into corners – he recalled – I, on the other hand, say that I am able to be fast throughout the entire turn and that is definitely a positive aspect. Initially I was rather cautious – he added – since the Italians do things differently than the Japanese, but I am satisfied since a step forward has been taken.”
For him, the tests ahead of the race were certainly not simple.
“It was a bad winter. In fact, I was particularly disappointed – he admitted – Now I think that we can do something more in terms of our competitive level.”