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Aleix Espargaró: "I was furious at not being able to overtake Márquez and Miller"

Aleix Espargaró’s third place at the Spanish Grand Prix gave Aprilia another podium finish in 2022. After a battle with Jack Miller and Marc Márquez, the rider from Granollers managed to carve out a niche for himself among the fastest riders on the Andalusian circuit.

Through tears, Aleix Espargaró expressed his emotions after climbing the Andalusian podium. “I feel very good and very happy. We have earned it hard”, he introduced after concluding the test, a race that, he assures, has made him “more excited than in the victory of Argentina”.

“I was furious because I saw that I could do much more cornering and not be able to overtake [Jack] Miller and Marc [Márquez], because he braked very well and couldn’t overtake him. He was touching his colins all the time and it was impossible to overtake” .

“I knew that they were going more and more to the limit and that they would make a mistake, and when they did I said ‘now I’m going for it all”, said Aleix, who managed to be half a second faster and open the difference on the last lap.

“It was very difficult mentally, because I was faster than [Jack] Miller and [Marc] Márquez, but I couldn’t overtake them.”

A touch at the start with Marc Márquez could put on the table the clutch problems suffered by the RS-GP.

“It seemed to me that I touched a motorcycle, but it was a clean touch. Once again, the Achilles heel of this Aprilia is the clutch”, admitted the rider from Granollers.

“However, fortunately we are being competitive and I can come out in front. Today I think I could have gone behind Fabio [Quartararo] and Pecco [Bagnaia], at least a few laps, but because of the clutch I had to fight a lot, because I couldn’t overtake them.”

“I tried to wait for them to make a mistake and Jack [Miller] braked early and Marc [Marquez] lost the front end so my race changed and I said ‘this is my time.’

Aleix is second in the championship, less than 10 points behind the leader. These good results mean that the concessions are over for Aprilia, which will not enjoy the help of unlimited tests for 2023.

“We have the speed and it’s amazing what we’re getting.”

“I was on the podium and I remembered when I was little and I was here in Jerez, in the regional championships, and a life later, at 32 years old, I am fighting for the MotoGP world championship.”

“We give normalcy to everything and that’s what it’s all about, that this is normal and that we go for the championship. But it’s not like that. I’m excited and very happy.”

“The reality is that I didn’t have the speed of Fabio and Pecco, so today we had to finish, but I knew I had to be there in case they made a mistake.”

“It’s amazing to see the circuit like this after the pandemic and the global crisis.”

“Having the luxury and pride of being on the podium here is enough to tell my grandchildren about,” concluded the rider from Granollers.

MotoGP results at the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez

Cla # Pilot Motorcycle laps Weather Difference Interval Km/h Abandonment Points
1 63 Italy Pecco Bagnaia Ducati 25 25
2 20 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 25 0.285 0.285 0.285 20
3 41 Spain Aleix Espargaró April 25 10,977 10,977 10,692 16
4 93 Spain Marc Márquez Sling 25 12,676 12,676 1,699 13
5 43 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 25 12,957 12,957 0.281 11
6 36 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 25 13.934 13.934 0.977     10
7 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 25 14,929 14,929 0.995 9
8 23 Italy Enea Bastianini Ducati 25 18,436 18,436 3,507 8
9 72 Italy Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 25 18,830 18,830 0.394 7
10 33 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 25 20.056 20.056 1.226     6
eleven 44 Spain Pol Espargaro Sling 25 20,856 20,856 0.800 5
12 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 25 23,131 23,131 2,275 4
13 73 Spain Alex Marquez Sling 25 25,306 25,306 2,175 3
14 12 Spain Maverick Viñales Aprilia 25 27.358 27.358 2.052     2
15 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 25 27,519 27,519 0.161 1
16 10 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 25 29,278 29,278 1,759
17 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 25 35,204 35,204 5.926
18 49 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 25 35,361 35,361 0.157
19 42 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 25 38.922 38.922 3.561      
20 87 Australia Remy Gardner KTM 25 43.378 43.378 4.456      
21 32 Italy Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 25 44,299 44,299 0.921
22 89 Spain Jorge Martin Ducati 25 1’07,681 1’07,681 23,382
6 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 10 Abandono
5 France Johann Zarco Ducati 9 Abandonment
40 South Africa Darryn Binder Yamaha 5 Abandono

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