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Espargaro’s rear trip peak system malfunctioned on the opening lap of the Americas GP final Sunday and he was compelled to navigate the opening corners together with his Aprilia caught in a decrease place.
As he opened the throttle to exit Flip 12 on the primary lap, Espargaro crashed and was unable to re-join.
Espargaro says this difficulty has occurred earlier than with the 2023 RS-GP however usually when situations are sizzling, although famous there have been no issues within the dash race on the Circuit of the Americas that was run in sweltering temperatures.
“I did all the primary a part of the monitor with the rear trip peak system low and after I touched the throttle in nook 12 I misplaced the entrance,” Espargaro mentioned.
“There’s nothing extra I can say. Raul at the moment had the identical downside. Sure, it’s [critical]. They should remedy it, it’s not the primary time that it occurred for us.
“Final yr it didn’t occur in any respect for us, however we modified a bit of bit with this half from 2022 to 2023-spec bike and the 2022 continues to be having it, and the 2023 bike we had it within the pre-season.
“We didn’t have it within the first two races, however we did [in the Americas GP].
“Usually it occurs when it’s super-hot, however [in the sprint] it didn’t occur. So, we aren’t tremendous answerable for when and the way.”
Raul Fernandez, RNF MotoGP Racing
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RNF’s Fernandez felt he was on for a robust race after recovering positions from 19th on the grid on the primary lap, however needed to retire just a few excursions later when his trip peak system additionally broke.
“I did a superb begin, after I noticed the primary lap and I used to be 13th, I mentioned ‘f***, I’m actually good’,” the Spaniard mentioned.
“At present was the day I used to be extra comfy on the bike as a result of it was tremendous simple to catch the group.
“In two laps I used to be behind Maverick, Miguel and Zarco and I believed we had a superb tempo.
“However in a single lap I had a mechanical downside, I attempted an answer on the bike however sadly the bike didn’t have an answer. I can’t say [what happened].”
Further reporting by Lorenza D’Adderio