It was a bitter Sunday at Losail in the Aprilia camp with Aleix Espargaró and Scott Redding finishing respectively nineteenth and twentieth. A problem for the RS-GP in the finale sent the Spaniard’s ambitions up in smoke, just as he was battling for the top ten.
“During the final lap I was about to attack Miller and Iannone, but some fuelling problems cost me a lot of positions – the Spaniard explained – A ninth place finish in these conditions would have been an important result. We need to work together to solve this problem, without which I am convinced that we would have been able to battle in the group of the best 5-6 down to the end.”
Despite the problem, Aleix sees the glass as half full.
“I am satisfied with the way I managed the race – the rider for the Noale-based manufacturer said – I gave 100%, using a very conservative map straight away and managing in any case to maintain a good pace. I hoped to be able to use the more aggressive map in the race finale – he added - where we know that we are faster, but that wasn't possible.”
Behind him across the finish line was Scott Redding. A début astride the RS-GP that was anything but simple for the British rider.
“I have to be pleased with the way the race went – he admitted – From the start I had poor grip on the rear, and then at the end of the race things started working, so much that I did my fast lap on the last lap.”
Redding is well aware that there are various obstacles to overcome.
“Right now I am struggling to understand the problem, since it is most likely one that we did not have during the tests – he recalled – Now we need to start working straight away to improve in view of the upcoming races. We know that our potential is greater than what we demonstrated today, but evidently we are missing something.”