In Motegi, those in charge of the electronics of the Spanish motorcycle forgot to deactivate the fuel saving mode with which Aleix Espargaró completed the starting lap from the garages. This forced the Spanish rider to make a hasty change of bike, and to start with the second unit, but from the pit lane.
There he lost all the options he had, and which, as he said later, were many, to cut part of the 17 points that at that time separated him from Fabio Quartararo, the leader of the general table. Espargaró left Japan pissed off, but more because of the missed opportunity than because of the unfortunate episode with the electronics of his prototype.
Four days later, already in Thailand , the Catalan believes that many things will still happen before the title is sentenced in favor of one of the four main candidates, and he sees himself capable of anything.
“I will try to recover the points lost here because, today, 25 points is not that many. With the current level in MotoGP, on a bad day you can finish far behind and lose a lot of points”, declared the eldest of the brothers from Granollers (Barcelona), convinced that this slip will make him and his team stronger. the Italian team.
“We used the mistake we made to go through all the protocols. It was not as simple a thing as you might think. These mistakes can happen, that’s the way racing is”, added the Aprilia rider, who, despite rejoining the peloton and carrying out various overtaking, crossed the finish line in 16th, missing out on points for the first time this year.
On Buriram, the #41 considers that the RS-GP has made such a radical change in the last two exercises that the feeling he will have of it once it hits the track will have nothing to do with his previous experiences in this same scenario. .
“I can’t know if I like this circuit or not, because I don’t remember. But, in 2019 I didn’t like any track because of the bike I had”, stressed Espargaró, who believes that the expected rain may be another “opportunity for unexpected things to happen”.