The veteran Spaniard is now simply seven factors adrift of Fabio Quartararo in second within the standings after claiming third in final weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix after getting the higher of Jack Miller and Marc Marquez late within the race.
It marked the primary back-to-back podium of his MotoGP profession after his third in Portugal, and follows on from his historic Argentina win.
Espargaro admits he’s “lacking” one thing on the Aprilia to match Quartararo, however believes Aprilia is firmly within the championship hunt at this stage.
“I cannot get up until Valencia,” he replied when requested if he was residing a dream.
“I began dreaming in Qatar, and I’ll attempt to hold my toes on the bottom. However it’s actual, it’s actual.
“We’re doing an excellent job. Now we have to know that for the second the sensation that I’ve, with Fabio we don’t actually have his pace.
“We’re lacking one thing – not a lot, as a result of in the present day I believe if I used to be not caught behind Jack [Miller] and Marc [Marquez] I’d have been very near them [Quartararo and Francesco Bagnaia].
“I missed one thing, so the important thing this yr would be the consistency, making no errors, being there.
Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing
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“We did nearly 33% of the championship and we’re simply seven factors behind him.”
Espargaro’s Jerez podium means Aprilia has misplaced its results-based concessions it has run with because it returned to MotoGP in 2015.
This implies Aprilia can not take a look at in-season with its race riders and could have its engine allocation decreased from 9 to seven from 2023, and will probably be unable to freely develop engines and aerodynamics subsequent season.
Whereas Espargaro says it will make life “tense” for Aprilia’s engineers, he believes shedding the concessions – one thing he has by no means favored anyway – is “truthful” given the efficiency of the RS-GP now.
“I believe that if we’re in race six and we’re seven factors from the chief, the bike is working nicely,” Espargaro added.
“It’s truthful to lose the concessions. It’s truthful to combat with them with the identical weapons.
“I consider loads with Aprilia engineers and I do know in Noale they are going to be a bit of bit extra careworn.
“However I don’t assume it’ll change loads. My life will probably be simpler, I had a take a look at after Le Mans in Mugello. I’ll have extra time to go dwelling, I’ll have extra time to cycle.
“I’m probably not careworn. Essentially the most tough factor was to achieve the extent we reached. The engine must final a bit of bit extra, however I believe they’ll do it.”