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Aleix Espargaró: "I have benefited from the fall of Miller and Mir"

Despite having experienced a bad start with clutch problems on his Aprilia, Aleix Espargaró managed to climb into the honor roll led by Sunday’s leader, Fabio Quartararo.

After a battle for the podium against Johann Zarco, Aleix Espargaró scores one more podium in his locker.

“It has been a difficult race, really, one of the most this year”, introduced the pilot after concluding the test.

“I tried to come back as fast as possible, I started hunting down my rivals, except for Fabio [Quartararo], who was on another planet.”

The Spanish driver assures that “he has given everything” in one of the most complicated tests of his career.

“I benefited from the fall [between Joan Mir and Jack Miller] even though I had a good rhythm.”

“I thought I was ready to fight for second place and attack [Johann] Zarco, but I was left without a rear tire and without traction, especially in some corners,” lamented the Spanish driver.

Aleix Espargaró had limitations when meeting Alex Márquez’s satellite Honda, and the Aprilia rider did not hesitate to comment on it.

“I lost a lot of time with Alex [Márquez],” Espargaró said. “This wastes our time and I think it’s not necessary, especially in competitions like this.”

“I don’t understand these types of driving very well, they make me quite unhinged,” he added. “After Indonesia, he did the same thing again and I lost a lot of time.”

However, the rider from Granollers assures that he is “delighted with the podium” and fighting against the best”.

“I’m enjoying it a lot, I should be nervous, but I’m very relaxed,” assured the man from Granollers.

“I’ll try to keep my feet on the ground and focused, the Aprilia pairing works very well this year and we have to take advantage of it,” stressed Espargaró, who is currently third in the championship standings, behind Alex Rins and Fabio Quartararo.

MotoGP race results at the 2022 Portuguese GP

Cla # Pilot Motorcycle laps Weather Difference Interval Km/h Abandonment Points
1 20 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 25 25
2 5 France Johann Zarco Ducati 25 5.409 5.409 5.409 20
3 41 Spain Aleix Espargaró April 25 6,068 6,068 0.659 16
4   42 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 25 9.633 9.633 3.565     13
5 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 25 13,573 13,573 3,940 eleven
6 93 Spain Marc Márquez Sling 25 16,163 16,163 2,590 10
7 73 Spain Alex Marquez Sling 25 16,183 16,183 0.020 9
8 63 Italy Pecco Bagnaia Ducati 25 16.511 16.511 0.328 8
9 44 Spain Pol Espargaro Sling 25 16,769 16,769 0.258 7
10   12 Spain Maverick Viñales Aprilia 25 18.063 18.063 1.294     6
11 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 25 29,029 29,029 10,966 5
12 10 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 25 29,249 29,249 0.220 4
13 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 25 33,354 33,354 4.105 3
14   87 Australia Remy Gardner KTM 25 40.205 40.205 6.851     2
15 72 Italy Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 25 46,052 46,052 5,847 1
16 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 25 49,569 49,569 3,517
17 40 South Africa Darryn Binder Yamaha 25 50.303 50.303 0.734
dnf 32 Italy Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 24 Abandonment
dnf 49 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 21 Abandonment
dnf 36 Spain Joan Mir suzuki 18 Abandonment
dnf 43 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 18 Abandonment
  dnf 33 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 17         Abandono  
dnf 23 Italy Enea Bastianini Ducati 9 Abandonment
dnf 89 Spain George Martin Ducati 4 Abandonment

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