MotoGP, A. Espargaró: "The Aprilia no longer performs like in 2017"

The Spaniard is disappointed: "I did not expect all of these difficulties with the RS-GP, sensations are different compared to a year ago"


His race was already marked, even before he started. Indeed, because Aleix Espargaró started from the last row in Brno, consequently he had to contain the damage. In the end, he consoled himself with a fifteenth place that earned him one point after many difficulties.

"It was not a good weekend for us, to be honest – the Spaniard stated - I did not expect all of these difficulties. The RS-GP performed differently compared to last year, especially in terms of the front end.”

Aleix explained the situation.

“When I go into corners and release the brakes, I struggle to turn and if I push, I risk crashing – he analysed - s and release the brakes, I struggle to turn and if I push, I risk crashing. We could have risked using a softer tyre, but in the end the team opted for the more conservative solution.”

The disappointment on the rider's face is clear and plentiful.

All things told, I think that it could have been a good choice, but decisions are taken as a team, for better or for worse. Tomorrow we have an important day of tests. I am rather tired and sore, but I want to try to change the balance of the bike significantly to recover the right feeling with the Aprilia.”

It was not a Sunday to remember for Scott Redding either. In fact, the English rider ended up on the ground during the fifth lap while lying sixteenth.

“Unfortunately, today's crash was very similar to yesterday's – he said - We were at the limit with the hard front tyre, especially when I found myself riding by myself. In fact, in the early laps I was able to be rather aggressive, overtaking a few riders, but then I began to lose the feeling, especially when I released the brakes, until the crash.”

There is no lack of disappointment for Scott.

“It seems like with this bike, the front tyre's range of use is rather restricted. As soon as you go out of the ideal window, problems begin. I could have settled for finishing the race, but I decided to have a go anyway, pushing to the maximum.”


Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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