MotoGP, A. Espargaró: “For Aprilia I didn't even sleep at night”

“I had practically lost my motivation, but in Aragón we revolutionised our method, working on race strategy straight away”


Finally, Aprilia! In fact, on the Aragón track the RS-GP shone once again, managing to turn the page after a 2018 that has, up to this point, proved to be below expectations. The Motorland track restored a smile to the lips of Aleix Espargaró, who finished sixth behind Dani Pedrosa, the best result of the entire championship for the manufacturer from Noale.

This 2018 has been a difficult year for all of us – Aleix began – but we continued to work, without ever giving up. I think that this result rewards the hard work of the team and everyone for their efforts.”

In fact, in Aragón, the RS-GP proved to be a distant relative of the bike we have grown accustomed to watching for some time now.

Along with the team, we changed the balance of the bike – Aleix pointed out – From FP1 we worked differently, focusing straight away on race strategy, particularly on tyre choice. The tyres gave us a good feeling, especially today in the race.”

And to think that Aleix wanted to aim even higher.

“Personally, I am convinced that I had a few more cards to play in the battle with the Suzuki – he revealed – Unfortunately, however, I had to deal with Pedrosa and his Honda, which was really competitive on the straight and I struggled to maintain the pace.”

This performance in Aragón is a load off for the Spaniard.

You can’t imagine how complicated it is to keep motivation high. At some points, I had even lost it – Espargaró commented – I worked harder than I ever have before for Aprilia, despite morale being low, since we continued to test without improving. I didn’t even sleep at night. In any case, I think that this result is helpful because it restored the enthusiasm of the entire team.”


Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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