Aleix Espargaró started by leading the FP1 of the Aragón Grand Prix. The rider from Aprilia had declared in the press conference on Thursday that he felt confident and with possibilities for the Alcañiz appointment, a circuit in which he already knows what it is like to get on the podium.
However, in FP2 he did not finish setting a good time, even falling out of the Top10. The one from Granollers kissed the asphalt on two occasions , which reduced his progress. Despite this, Aleix described the day as “positive”.
“It was a positive day, with two mistakes. The first one was a bit bigger, because I was riding off the line and I fell when I was in the dirty area. But with race tires I’m fast, I feel strong. I don’t remember the last one time that I fell twice the same day. You have to understand the limit to go fast again, “he explained.
The truth is that, if he wants to keep his title hopes alive, the eldest of the Espargarós has to start cutting points from Fabio Quartararo and Pecco Bagnaia, superior to Aprilia in the last grand prix.
“I’m giving everything I have to try to go fast, that’s why I crashed twice in the Misano test. The important thing is to finish the race on top; not crash in practice. Obviously you don’t want to crash, but She was going fast. I’m fine, the bike was wrecked. But she has a lot more spare parts than me.”
“The important thing is not to make any more mistakes because that takes away your confidence. I’ve split a bike in half, and that’s not good in any case,” he said. Later, he added that he believes he is still taken into account in the fight for the title: “This year I have attended more press conferences than in my entire career. For the victories that I, Pecco and Fabio have, I am surprised that be taken into account so much”.
Like other riders, such as Jorge Martín, Aleix lamented the lack of grip offered by the Motorland track. “The grip is very poor, you can’t push. Also, I think we’ve been slow considering how soft the tires are.”
As if that were not enough, the #41 also had to deal with a problem with the front height adjuster , although he clarified that “it is not the first time” that it has happened. “It’s not worrying because it’s Friday, but it would have been if it happened on Sunday. If that happens, you can’t even start the race.”
The third classified in the general classification also had words for Marc Márquez’s return to the circuits. “It was a luxury to see Marc, I already knew he would go fast on this circuit. Also, I rode with him this morning and he looks fluid.”
Finally, and to the relief of his followers, he declared that the injury to his left hand, which he has been dragging on since the Misano tests, is not an impediment to driving his RS-GP. “I’m perfect with my hand; my finger only hurts when I stop.”
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