Espargaro completed Sunday’s 26-lap Assen race eighth after narrowly lacking out on seventh in a battle with Honda’s Marc Marquez.
The Aprilia rider confirmed sturdy tempo all through observe and was just below 5 seconds from the ultimate step of the rostrum, however “an enormous limitation” together with his bike’s engine meant he may do nothing when he went up in opposition to Ducatis throughout the race.
Espargaro says this left him with “frustration inside” as a result of he feels “able to combat for the rostrum” in MotoGP.
“I am joyful about my tempo however I’ve a sense of, I do not know, frustration inside,” Espargaro stated on Sunday.
“I really feel like a – I do not know if it is good to say – however I really feel like an fool as a result of I really feel like I am sturdy and quick and able to combat for the rostrum as a result of I am at all times there.
“However then within the race I am unable to overtake. I’ve an enormous limitation with the engine, with the efficiency within the straights and I am unable to overtake.
“In the present day I used to be a lot stronger than [Francesco] Bagnaia for instance, or [Jack] Miller however I used to be caught behind them.
“Particularly with the Ducatis it is a huge frustration. I put in my greatest lap on the finish of the race the place it was the one lap I used to be alone.
Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Workforce Gresini
Photograph by: Dorna
“I did a 1m33.3s, which is a really quick lap time, very near my qualifying lap. However then I arrived to Bagnaia and I am unable to overtake him. It is simply irritating.
“I believe we did job within the first a part of this season, we’re eighth within the championship with 61 factors, which we now have to get pleasure from this clearly as a result of we’re coming from loads worse within the final years.
“However we now have to enhance on the engine aspect as a result of it is what we’re lacking probably the most.”
On Sunday at Assen Maverick Vinales – who will give up Yamaha on the finish of the yr – was linked with a shock transfer to Aprilia for 2022, although Espargaro refused to touch upon these stories.
Vinales and Espargaro beforehand shared a storage at Suzuki from 2015-2016.