The Spanish rider secured his second-ever MotoGP rostrum and the primary for Aprilia within the fashionable period when he fended off Ducati’s Jack Miller to complete third in final weekend’s British Grand Prix.
This podium adopted feedback made by Espargaro earlier within the weekend that Maverick Vinales’ arrival at Aprilia will prove he is one of the top three riders in MotoGP.
When requested by Motorsport.com if his Silverstone podium was necessary given the response these feedback drew, Espargaro moved to make clear precisely what he meant – noting that he’s driving at a prime three stage on the present grid.
“I imply I by no means mentioned I used to be one of many prime three riders in MotoGP,” Espargaro started.
“What I mentioned is that I felt at that second proper now I’m driving in a really excessive stage, within the prime three within the present MotoGP class. I actually imagine that it’s like this.
“However it is a sport the place you need to even have a very good bike to show it.
“Right this moment [Sunday] we had higher velocity than third place, I used to be actually satisfied to attempt to comply with Fabio [Quartararo] however I didn’t have the tempo that I did within the warm-up or on Saturday as a result of it was very chilly and with the medium entrance I didn’t have the tempo.
“After I noticed Fabio modified the entrance for the delicate I used to be doubting loads as a result of I made my lap occasions braking very, very laborious.
“Ultimately, the safer choice was to remain on the medium.
“Anyway, I’m proving I’m driving good, in a very good stage. My bike is bettering loads, however Aprilia continues to be not a successful bike. So, I feel I’m in a good condition driving.”
Espargaro went on so as to add that he presently doesn’t see anyone is quicker than him apart from runaway championship chief Quartararo.
“What makes me comfortable is that this podium didn’t arrive in a moist race or as a result of any person crashed,” he mentioned.
“We’ve been knocking the door many races this yr. That is what makes me comfortable, is that we’re robust.
“Truly, when the engine stopped at Le Mans I used to be within the prime 5. When the engine stopped in Austria, I additionally was very robust in a really tough state of affairs for me and I used to be satisfied I may struggle for the rostrum there as nicely.
“So, Silverstone isn’t a particular monitor, we’re aggressive all over the place.
“I’m certain if we didn’t have these engine issues we might additionally would be capable of struggle for the highest three within the championship as a result of should you take a look at the factors we’re not that far.
“So, hopefully within the subsequent few races we will affirm this. I do know it’s not going to be simple, it’s not automated that I might be preventing for the rostrum each race.
“However I feel we’re nearer than ever, and as I mentioned earlier than I feel each rider in MotoGP class is sort of equal proper now besides Fabio who’s one step farther than the remainder.
“However I don’t see anyone is quicker than me proper now other than him. So, hopefully I might be within the podium within the subsequent races as nicely.”