Espargaro “wants clarification” to his “nightmare” COTA MotoGP crash-fest - Motor Informed

Espargaro “wants clarification” to his “nightmare” COTA MotoGP crash-fest

Espargaro and the Aprilia struggled greater than most throughout the Circuit of the Americas’ vicious bumps, with the Spaniard left stranded in 19th on the grid after a crash in qualifying.

The Aprilia rider’s woes continued into Sunday’s race and he solely made it to lap 9 of 20 earlier than crashing out at Flip 13.

That was his fifth crash in three days in America, which left Espargaro fuming and searching for solutions as he feels the Aprilia shouldn’t have been extra affected by the bumps than the remainder of the sphere.

“I’m very pissed off, it has been a nightmare sincerely,” Espargaro mentioned after the fourth DNF of an in any other case sturdy 2021 marketing campaign.  

“Really, my frustration could be very excessive as a result of I don’t have a transparent response to your query.

“Clearly the bumps didn’t assist, my bike was very, very troublesome to journey, however the bumps have been there for everyone.

“So, you may go kind of quick in a circuit or one other.

“I completed P1 in Misano on the check, so perhaps we are able to go to a different monitor the place we are able to battle for eighth place.

“However kind of the extent is at all times comparable. However on this monitor I did not discover the best way.

Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Group Gresini

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

“I used to be not pushing a lot within the race as a result of the purpose was to complete the race, obtain a few factors and go residence.

“I began to move some folks: [Franco] Morbidelli, [Iker] Lecuona, [Andrea] Dovizioso, Alex Marquez.

“However my tempo was not quick, I used to be shedding one second from the main guys, or much more, however I crashed once more.

“I’ve no clarification, I’m very sorry for my workforce as a result of 5 crashes are lots.

“And having only one Aprilia in America and crash 5 instances and go residence with no factors will not be good.

“So, I’m offended however hopefully we are able to discover an evidence. We will neglect this weekend, the season has been superb, however I would like an evidence.”

Espargaro was the one Aprilia on monitor in America final weekend after team-mate Maverick Vinales withdrew from the occasion following the tragic loss of life of his 15-year-old cousin Dean Berta Vinales in a World Supersport 300 crash at Jerez the week earlier than.



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