Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro believes he has one of the best race bikes after a disappointing qualifying session.
Coming into the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend, nobody thought we would be saying Aprilia could take a podium. Alas, we are, after Aleix Espargaro was well inside the top 5 in FP1 and FP2, and fifth in FP3. Unfortunately, that did not translate to qualifying, with Espargaro settling for the middle of the third row in eighth.
Despite this seemingly poor performance, the Spaniard is optimistic he will come out of Sunday smelling of roses, with a better race bike.
“I’m satisfied with day one. The good thing is it looks like Aprilia and Aleix are working well everywhere we are going. It’s not just about one single track,” he said yesterday afternoon.
“From lap 1 – lap 2 in FP1 – I felt very strong and comfortable with the bike. With the race tire, I felt I can maintain a really high pace. Overall satisfied. The track is still a bit slippery. All riders will put more rubber on track so tomorrow could change. Why not? I feel good so let’s wait and see.”
“The goal is to improve a bit. Try to start the race and go away from everybody,” he finished with a laugh.
Fabio Quartararo will start on pole, but as always in MotoGP, about 10 riders look to be in with a shot of the win, Espargaro being one of them.