Aleix Espargarò loses a few points from the top of the standings, but remains in the running for the MotoGP World Championship. In Malaysia, he needs a bang.
Aprilia sees reduced chances of winning the MotoGP title after Aleix Espargarò’s 9th place in Phillip Island GP. The eastern tour was supposed to be the trump card to overturn the situation in the standings, but it did not bring the desired results. In Japan a mistake in the pits excluded Granollers’ standard bearer from the points, in Thailand the rain created unexpected problems for the RS-GP22, in Australia he had to deal with some map problems.
Two races from the end of the World Championship, he complains of 27 points behind the new leader Pecco Bagnaia on the Ducati. There House of Noale he does not seem to have that complete bike-rider package yet to be able to aim for the world championship finish, but there is no air of surrender in the Aprilia pits. The stage of Phillip Island had to be that of gambling to try to subvert the situation, instead he relegated Aleix Espargarò a few points from the summit, while getting closer to Fabio Quartararo. Now the biggest contender for the MotoGP throne is Bagnaia with his Desmosedici GP.
Aleix Espargarò and Aprilia in Malaysia for the coup
At the end of the ocean weekend there is a certain bitterness in the house Aprilia. For the third time in a row the Granollers rider seems to have no responsibility and found himself having to deal with some technical problems. Unacceptable flaws for those aiming to win a World Cup: “The bike didn’t accelerate at all. I changed the maps and the bike did not go forward“, Explained Aleix in the Sunday debriefing. “I don’t understand, it’s very frustrating. Again I don’t know what happened, I had no acceleration because the electronics were cutting“.
In Malaysia in a few days he will try everything, even if the road is now all uphill. “I have the feeling that we are letting this world slip away“, Added Aleix Espargarò. For the first ten laps he held the same pace as Bagnaia, Marquez and Rins, but in the second part of the race an electronics defect relegated him to the borders of the top 10. The same problem was complained by the other Aprilia RS-GP22, that from Maverick Vinales.
There are 27 points to be gained, it is difficult to bridge that gap in two GPs. Believing in it is a duty, but at the end of the season we will also have to work on certain details. “Everything is possible. We are alive … I’m the only one who can fight with both (Bagnaia and Quartararo, ed). So anything is possible and anything can happen. I will try until the end“. But he also has a message for his Venetian builder: “I have the feeling that the bike, the team or I still don’t have the level to be with the best in all races“.