On the eve of the Italian Grand Prix, thanks to its very long straight, numerous experts - including those directly invovled - had branded the Mugello circuit as not being exactly suited to the characteristics of the RS-GP. Nonetheless, in the Q2 on Saturday, Aleix Espargarò was able to get a fantastic second row while, in today’s race, he remained firmly in the top spots of the rankings, reaching the finish line in 7th place, eight seconds behind the winner, Fabio Quartararo, further confirming the progress of the team from Noale, despite a complicated start.
“The start was not the best. The bike didn’t accelerate as I hoped, so I lost several positions right away. I think it’s due to a loss of power. We have to analyze the data because we recently had not had any problem in this area,” the Spanish rider specified. “In corners, we confirmed our potential. In fact, I managed to stay close to the group, fighting for the podium. The gaps are very limited. Nowadays inaccuracies are paid dearly. I’m sorry because we missed an opportunity.”
The rider from Granollers maintained a constant pace, without being excessively affected by the surgery he underwent for his right arm caused by compartment syndrome.after Le Mans.
“Friday and Saturday, my arm was bothering me a bit while riding the RS-GP. Fortunately, the Mobile Clinic did an exceptional job. The sessions helped me not suffer any pain in today’s race. I have to thank them. I now look forward to the next race with greater awareness.”
As a good family man, he wasn’t able to hide his emotions after the tragic death of the very young rider, Jason Dupasquier. A profound reflection by the 31 year old, with a multitude of interpretations.
“I’m speechless. I can’t get over what happened. Everything happened very quickly. He was only nineteen years old. He was a child. I didn’t feel like going out on the track yesterday for the FP4. Today, in the span of ten minutes, we went from honoring him to pulling down our visors. We were able to find the motivation to move forward. This is the cruelty of life and of our beloved sport. I feel really sad. My deepest condolences to his family,” he concluded.