Espargaro ran within the podium locations from the beginning in Sunday’s 20-lap Silverstone race and fended off Ducati’s Jack Miller on the ultimate lap to safe his first MotoGP podium since 2014 in third.
It additionally considerably marked Aprilia’s first podium of the fashionable MotoGP period and it’s first for the reason that 500cc premier class period at Phillip Island in 2000.
All of this comes simply two weeks after Aprilia confirmed it had signed Maverick Vinales for 2022 following his suspension and supreme ousting from Yamaha following the Austria double-header.
Many had questioned Vinales’ resolution to initially stop Yamaha on the finish of 2021 in favour of the RS-GP, however Espargaro says his British GP end result has confirmed to the world and to Vinales that his Aprilia transfer will not be “10 steps again”.
“Relating to Maverick, sure, clearly if anyone advised you originally of the season that you’ll end with Yamaha and you’ll go to Aprilia, you’ll say it’s 10 steps again,” Espargaro stated.
“However clearly the best way he completed with Yamaha will not be good, but it surely’s not that dangerous as a result of the Aprilia is a aggressive bike.
“We’re nonetheless not on the stage of the Yamaha, that’s for certain, however we’re on the best way and I feel he’ll get pleasure from using the Aprilia.
“Yeah, he must adapt as a result of it’s a totally completely different story to Yamaha, however as I confirmed at this time the bike is on the best way.”
Commenting on his last lap battle with Miller to carry onto the rostrum, Espargaro admits he made a mistake in his method as he was too centered on making an attempt to catch Suzuki’s Alex Rins in second.
“Within the final lap I made a giant mistake as a result of I used to be centered simply with Alex to attempt to assault him for second place and I didn’t actually care about who was coming,” Espargaro added.
“And this was an enormous mistake as a result of I opened the door on the final chicane [into Village].
“However I feel at this time I rode fairly clean, fairly intelligent, saving rear tyre so I had extra traction than Jack.
“After which I used to be in a position to get again my third place, however at this time the rostrum was mine, so I used to be totally satisfied.”