SportMotoGPAleix Espargaró: "It's almost impossible to overtake the Ducati"

Aleix Espargaró: "It's almost impossible to overtake the Ducati"

Full of motivation after the extension of his Aprilia contract, Aleix Espargaró arrives at Mugello leading, together with the Noale factory, the teams’ championship. In an emblematic event for the Italian fans, Aprilia hopes to celebrate another success in the home Grand Prix.

Although the expectations and pressure of “playing at home” stimulate the rider from Granollers, the Spaniard does not hesitate to predict that Aprilia will face two very important races for the team.

“I love arriving here in Italy in this way, with good results”, introduced Aleix Espargaró at the official press conference. “Although these two races don’t count more than Germany or Assen, so you have to work on the same line.”

To pursue the objective of giving his team significant points, the driver from Granollers assumes that the first laps of Sunday “will be important”, especially to deal with the top speed of his Italian rival from BorgoPanigale .

“The Ducatis will go like a bullet and we will have to focus from first thing in the morning tomorrow. It is almost impossible to overtake them.”

For this, Aprilia will have new parts that Aleix Espargaró will test tomorrow afternoon, including a new engine that he hopes to scratch “a few tenths to fight”.

“We have new things. We have a new engine for this weekend, and we also have aerodynamic elements, although I think I will not be the first to test them tomorrow.”

“The engine is good, so we’ll see if it’s enough to follow Ducati. If we compare ourselves to Yamaha, we are ahead. If we compare ourselves to Ducati, I think we have to improve a little bit.”

In this challenge, Aleix Espargaró assures that top speed “isn’t the most important thing in the world either”.

“Mugello is probably the most difficult circuit in the world, it’s extremely technical, so it’s not all about top speed.”

“Fabio [Quartararo] won with the slowest bike and got pole position last year,” he compared. “So we’ll see if the improvements are enough to catch up with the rest of the best in the world.”

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