Third overall, the Aprilia rider arrived in Thailand 27 points behind the leader, Fabio Quartararo, and despite having to face a very complicated race, including a long lap penalty, he came out having cut seven points from the Frenchman, who now only leads with two advantage over Pecco Bagnaia.
Aleix Espargaró was seen very active on the starting grid, before the start of the race, the Spaniard tried to make the rest of the drivers understand that there was a zone very close to the limit between turns 3 and 4, where visibility ensured , was null. They tried to quickly, without much success, clean up that spot, and the race started in terrible conditions.
“There was a lot of stress. The track was very good, but between turn 3 and 4 you couldn’t see anything,” said Aleix at the end of the race, in which he finished 11th.
“It was very dangerous. Before the race what I wanted was for that area to be cleaned of water. I got mad at the other drivers, for not putting pressure on it,” he revealed. “It is not wanting or not wanting to race, it is trying to help the Safety Commission. Nothing was seen on the track, I have notified the stewards, but thank God nothing has happened,” he added.
“In the morning warm up, after a very difficult weekend, we took a step forward, I think I had the pace to finish sixth,” he said.
“I’m happy, I was fast. I started 13th and I got seventh,” he recalled, just before talking about the touch with Brad Binder, who moved away from his line, for which the Catalan was sanctioned.
“From the touch with Brad I don’t think he deserved a sanction. Morbidelli hit me twice in the last laps; I don’t know what he was looking for, maybe a contract. And he didn’t receive any penalty,” he complained in the comparison.
Race Direction sanctioned Aleix with a long lap, which in this circuit is very long.
“In the long lap I had to go to turn to Rome,” he exaggerated. “I don’t think it’s difficult to try to do long laps where you lose more or less the same time, here I lost five seconds,” he said, referring to other circuits, such as Silverstone, where Fabio Quartararo only lost 9 tenths or 1 second.
Despite everything, Aleix wants to see the situation in a positive light and with three races to go he absolutely refuses to throw in the towel.
“We had very bad luck in the last two races and we are only 20 points behind. And we are going to two circuits that I love (Australia and Sepang), and where I go fast. I think this is our year,” insisted the driver from Granollers.