Aleix Espargaró (3rd / Aprilia): “It made me angry” / MotoGP

Aleix Espargaró claimed his third MotoGP podium of the year at the Spanish GP in Jerez on Sunday. Aprilia has thus collected the maximum number of concession points and will not receive any more concessions in the future.

Aleix Espargaró got off to a bad start for Sunday’s 25-lap race at Circuito de Jerez. The Spaniard started from the front row of the grid but first had to get outside the top 5. He then passed Taka Nakagami (Honda), Jack Miller (Ducati) and Repsol Honda star Marc Mark. Aleix lost nearly eleven seconds to winner Pecco Bagnaia of the Ducati factory team.

“It was a frustrating race because we really need to improve our clutch. Our starts this year were a disaster. I lost a few places, I was able to pass Nakagami, but it was not possible to pass Marc and Jack It made me angry because I was much faster,” the official Aprilia rider pointed out during the press conference after the race. “They braked so late and in the corner they got in my way. I saw Fabio and Pecco go away, but I couldn’t overtake.”

“If I had tried to overtake I would have hit Marc. So I had to admit I wasn’t going to fight for the win and had to wait and see. At the end of the race I noticed that the two in front of me weren’t holding their line and I was sure they were going to make a mistake. When I passed Jack, Marc went wide and I passed them both.”

Espargaró added: “In the next three laps I was able to go more than half a second faster. I had good pace, I would be closer to the front, but that probably wouldn’t have been enough to win. I’m very happy with my third place.” In the overall MotoGP standings, the Spaniard improved to second place.

With the podium, Aprilia exhausted the points account of the development concessions. In the future, the Italian manufacturer will be treated on an equal footing with all other factories. “Fabio was champion last year, he is leading the championship again and after six races we are only seven points behind,” said the 32-year-old. “We are not at the same level yet, we have to keep improving the bike and I have to improve too. In the end, consistency will be the key to success and I will try to put Fabio under pressure until the end.”

For the first time in his career, Aleix was able to finish on the podium in Jerez, a privileged moment in front of his home crowd. “It was crazy. The spectator seats were already full at six o’clock in the morning. It was very emotional on the podium, even more than in Argentina”, admitted Espargaró. “I’ve been racing here since I was a kid and I’ve never been on the podium. To finally do it at 32 and fight with the best riders in the world is like a dream.”

MotoGP Jerez results (May 1):

1. Pecco Bagnaia (I), Ducati, 25 laps in 41:00.554 min
2. Fabio Quartararo (F), Yamaha, +0.285s
3. Aleix Espargaro (A), Aprilia, +10.977
4. Marc Marquez (A), Honda, +12.676
5. Jack Miller (Australia), Ducati, +12.957
6. Joan Mir (E), Suzuki, +13 934
7. Takaaki Nakagami (J), Honda, +14.929
8. Enea Bastianini (I), Ducati, +18.436
9. Marco Bezzecchi (I), Ducati, +18.830
10. Brad Binder (ZA), KTM, +20.056
11. Pol Espargaro (A), Honda, +20.856
12.Miguel Oliveira (P), KTM, +23.131
13. Alex Marquez (A), Honda, +25.306
14. Maverick Vinales (A), Aprilia, +27.358
15. Franco Morbidelli (I), Yamaha, +27.519
16. Luca Marini (I), Ducati, +29.278
17. Andrea Dovizioso (I), Yamaha, +35.204
18. Fabio Di Giannantonio (I), Ducati, +35.361
19. Alex Rins (A), Suzuki, +38.922
20. Remy Gardner (AUS), KTM, +43.378
21. Lorenzo Savadori (I), Aprilia, +44.299
22. Jorge Martin (E), Ducati, +1:07.681min
– Stefan Bradl (R), Honda, 15 laps back
– Johann Zarco (F), Ducati, 16 laps behind
– Darryn Binder (ZA), Yamaha, 20 laps down

Championship status after 6 of the 21 Grands Prix:

1. Quartararo 89 points. 2 Aleix Espargaró 82 3 Bastianini 69 4 Rins 69 5 Bagnaia 56 6 Mir 56 7 Zarco 51 8 Brad Binder 48 9 Marc Marquez 44 10 Oliveira 43 11 Miller 42nd 12 Pol Espargaró 35 13 Martin 28 14 Viñales 27 15 Nakagami 21 16 Morbidelli 17 1 Alex Marquez 16 18 Bezzecchi 15 19 Marini 14 20 Dovizioso 8 21 Darryn Binder 6th 22nd Gardner 3rd

Constructors’ Championship:

1. Ducati, 131 points. 2. Yamaha 89. 3. Aprilia 83. 4. Suzuki 80. 5. KTM 76. 6. Honda 57.

Team World Cup:

1. Suzuki Ecstar, 125 points. 2nd Aprilia Racing 109 3rd Monster Energy Yamaha 107 4th Ducati Lenovo 98th 5th Red Bull KTM Factory 91st 6th Pramac Racing 79th 7th Repsol Honda 79th 8th Gresini Racing MotoGP 69th 9th LCR Honda 10/37 Mooney VR46 Racing 11/29 WithU Yamaha RNF 14/12 Factory Tech3 KTM 3

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