SportMotoGPAleix Espargaró: "I feel I can take risks here"

Aleix Espargaró: "I feel I can take risks here"

Phillip Island.- The Aprilia rider arrived in Australia on Thursday assuring that three races from the end, the time had come to take risks, a feeling that keeps the first two days of the weekend over.

At the end of the day, Aleix Espargaró managed to qualify fourth and will start from the second row of the grid after doing teamwork with his teammate Maverick Viñales.

“Maverick has helped me a lot, but in the last corner I fell on top of him and I had to cut, otherwise I could have taken pole. I think at that point I was a tenth ahead of Jorge Martín’s lap. It’s been a good job and I want to thank Mack.”

Despite the fact that Viñales bothered him a bit on that lap, Espargaró considers that this was not the case.

“If he had done a good lap, I might not have been able to follow him. I’m not comfortable behind another driver,” he said.

Although Pecco Bagnaia himself does not see him on the same level as Fabio Quartararo or himself, Aleix does see himself in the fight.

“I don’t see Pecco or Fabio with a better rhythm than anyone, nor better than mine. I’m the one with the least to lose, I have to recover 20 points, so I have to take risks and I feel that here I can take risks, not like in Japan or Thailand,” he said.

Regarding the race strategy and tire management, the Aprilia rider is clear.

“We will all go very close together in the first 15 laps. The one that best takes care of the rear tire will win,” was the sentence. 

“I think I will run with the rear hard rubber, and if with that compound I am able to be with them in the first ten laps, I think I will have an advantage at the end,” was his prediction.

“Three or four riders are in line here to be fighting for the win,” he concluded.


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