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Aleix Espargaro has proved he is “a top-level rider” in MotoGP

Espargaro made a strong begin to his fifth season as an Aprilia rider within the Qatar double-header, qualifying inside the highest 10 for each races and scoring seventh and 10th-place finishes.

That is in stark distinction to team-mate Lorenzo Savadori, whose lack of MotoGP expertise has meant he certified final for each races and achieved a greatest end of 19th within the opening rounds.

Savadori was chosen over double MotoGP podium finisher Bradley Smith for the second Aprilia seat, whereas a check for Andrea Dovizioso at Jerez this week has fuelled rumours of the veteran Italian returning to race motion in 2021 with Aprilia.

Although Dovizioso’s supervisor batted away such rumours, his check of the RS-GP has been seen as a transparent signal of Aprilia’s enchancment over the winter after the ex-Ducati rider shunned a race contract with the Italian marque for 2021 initially.

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When requested if a stronger team-mate than Savadori would enhance Aprilia’s growth potential, Espargaro felt the work he has accomplished on this regard has been “sufficient”.

“I believe that I proved I’m a top-level rider and what I say to the engineers is sufficient to enhance the bike.

“Really, I believe with my feedback final yr, everyone with the engineers in Noale did a really, superb job on the brand new bike.

“They know what we’re lacking to battle for the rostrum, to not be in prime 10.

“So, they know completely, they’re working in Noale and we hope to obtain new stuff round Mugello race.

“So, I don’t assume a robust team-mate will change something on this aspect.”

Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Group Gresini

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Espargaro says he’s “totally assured” he has a package deal able to combating for podiums when MotoGP returns to Europe beginning with subsequent weekend’s Portuguese GP.

“The acceleration of the bike is sincerely [an] unbelievable the step we did from final season,” he added following the Doha GP.

“I didn’t lose floor in the midst of the observe, I believe we’re in a really related stage to our opponents.

“However on the straight it’s unbelievable the distinction. We lose, particularly in fifth and sixth gear, near 20km/h. So, it’s very tough in a observe like this to battle.

“However I believe Portimao, Jerez we’re going to do very, superb races, I’m positive we’re going to battle for prime six.

“So, I’m disillusioned as a result of I believe we misplaced good alternatives right here in Qatar, however anyway we’re eighth within the championship, not far, so I can’t watch for Portimao and Jerez.”

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