Aprilia has proven good type all winter with its new RS-GP, with a lot of riders – together with reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo – praising the efficiency of the Italian marque’s bike.
And throughout the Qatar weekend, Espargaro was sturdy all through, qualifying fifth and getting caught into the rostrum battle.
Although he in the end got here up simply 9 tenths shy of a podium in fourth in final Sunday’s race, Espargaro feels he’ll now have the ability to struggle on the entrance in 2022 – although admits “each weekend will probably be an examination” for Aprilia.
“I do know it’s going to be an examination each single weekend for Aprilia as a result of now we have to reconfirm one of the best of the work,” he stated.
“However we did it in Malaysia take a look at, in Indonesia take a look at, right here in Qatar I believe we did a robust weekend.
“I used to be alone with the bike in qualifying and pulling simply zero.2s from pole, then the race I believe I did one of many strongest ones.
“Sadly, the beginning wasn’t so good, so I misplaced time and I wasn’t capable of end – I’m not saying win, however sure second or third.
“However races are like this. I actually had plenty of enjoyable.
“It’s a pleasure to have the ability to struggle with one of the best guys, to have the weapons to struggle. It’s the primary time in my profession I really feel like I had them, so it’s going to be a very good season.”
Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Workforce
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Espargaro added that he’s “not likely disillusioned” to have come so near a 3rd profession MotoGP podium, whereas noting that it was the “first time in my life” that he had the emotions within the race that he did.
“I’m not likely disillusioned,” he stated.
“Yeah, I used to be on the lookout for the rostrum. However the factor is, the emotions that I had within the race, it’s the primary time in my life that I had them.
“I felt like I used to be the strongest one by way of tempo, however I used to be possibly too conservative with the laps that I did behind Marc [Marquez] and [Joan] Mir.
“I by no means anticipated that they [the leaders] will drop the tempo like this, so I misplaced nearly a full second with Joan and nearly a full second with Marc.
“However anyway, I used to be in a position to do this quick lap and catch the group, however all the time I used to be too late and I used to be lacking one lap to catch my brother.
“Races are like this, it’s ok for the primary race, however crucial factor is the tempo we did. I did many laps in 1m54s half, which has been superb.
“We noticed the extent was superb, the race was very quick, and I’m very glad to say that we’ve been one of many strongest ones there.”