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The veteran Spaniard at the moment sits third within the championship and simply three factors from joint leaders Fabio Quartararo and Alex Rins, after claiming his second podium of the marketing campaign in third in final weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix.
Espargaro stormed to his first grand prix victory and Aprilia’s first within the fashionable MotoGP period in Argentina, and has been fast all through the 2022 marketing campaign on the vastly improved RS-GP.
Now an early title contender, Espargaro admits he didn’t count on this stage of efficiency from himself or the Aprilia coming into 2022.
“No, under no circumstances,” he stated when requested if he anticipated to be a title contender.
“We’re within the battle for this championship after race 5, that’s for positive. We’re simply three factors from final yr’s champion Fabio.
“I anticipated to have a excessive stage this yr, however perhaps not that a lot.
“I believe I’m using in a very good stage, however I believe additionally rode in a very good stage final yr.
“However that you must have a aggressive bike, and this yr Aprilia introduced a aggressive bike and it fits my using type.
“I proved that I’m robust with this bike this yr. Sincerely, there’s no stress.
“I’m not enthusiastic about the championship, I’m tremendous relaxed, having fun with rather a lot this second. It took a very long time to get so far in my profession.”
Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Workforce
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Espargaro’s third in Portugal is his third podium on the Aprilia, following a 3rd at Silverstone in 2021 and his Argentina victory.
That imply’s Aprilia is only one podium away from dropping the results-based concessions it has run underneath all through its return to MotoGP, which has supplied it extra engines for a season and unrestricted testing in comparison with non-concession producers.
Aprilia has already been working in 2022 as if it should lose concessions subsequent yr, by utilizing one much less engine in its allocation of 9.
Having vastly benefitted from concessions, Espargaro says he by no means truly preferred the system and isn’t burdened on the prospect of dropping them for 2023.
“Perhaps some engineers at Noale are slightly bit extra fearful than me, however I don’t like this [the concessions],” he added.
“I’m not silly, I do know these concessions assist us.
“However I don’t like them in any respect, and I believe I proved that I’m using in an excellent stage and the Aprilia RS-GP is in a very good stage.
“If not, it’s unattainable to do outcomes. So, to any extent further I believe we have now a very good base and I hope that already in Jerez we’ll lose the concessions.”