MotoGP, Espargarò: “Marquez wins without the problem at the start”

A colorless Sunday in the Aprilia house at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, a track historically unfavorable to the characteristics of the RS-GP due to its typical grapples and relative low-speed restarts when exiting the corners. He knows it well Aleix Espargarò. A thesis reiterated on the occasion of today’s race, which saw him not go beyond 11th position more than 12 seconds behind the winner Enea Bastianini. Nothing to do with last year, when the Spaniard fell five times in just three days.

I am not happy at all because this year we have raised the bar very high, this is good and bad at the same time. Having a race like today after winning, you clearly can’t be happy. Even if here in 2021 we finished in 20th place and today in 11th place “He admitted.

The results have meant that the 32-year-old is no longer the championship leader, it is certain that the 2022 calendar presents 17 further appointments …

We knew it wouldn’t be a walk in the park given the stop-and-go layout and performance of the recent past, the trend of the weekend confirmed this. But the same thing happened to many other riders, except of course Bastianini and Rins, it is no coincidence that we got close to Martin even though he started from pole. The championship is long, what happened today does not change our goals at all. In Europe we will find better circuits for our bike.

In the final race Aleix Espargarò was then overtaken by compatriot Marc Marquez, protagonist of a furious comeback from the rear due to a boredom accused on the bike when the traffic lights went out.

“Marc was very competitive, when I found him behind I preferred to be intelligent and not fight with him because he had an edge. I tried to follow him to gain ground on his pursuers, I must say that he is really good at stopping the bike and restarting it from low speed. Without that problem at the start, I am convinced that victory would have been played outhe has declared.

Vinales: “The best weekend since I’ve been in Aprilia”

Maverick Vinales, on the other hand, finished the race for the first time in front of his experienced teammate, in tenth position. A performance that confirms from every point of view the progress made by the person concerned starting from the second half of 2021, even if the Spaniard does not hide a hint of bitterness for not being able to put together a good lap on Saturday to access the decisive Q2. .

At the moment it was the weekend in which I had the best sensations in the saddle. I’m sorry because we had the pace to aim for something more concrete in the race, at the level of the top-5, unfortunately the bad qualifying on Saturday penalized us. These are the races. Although the road is long, we are still working in the right direction and after each ride I learn more and more about the behavior of the bike itself. The potential is there and in these first races we have shown it “he said.


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