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 finish third in last weekend’s British Grand Prix.
This podium adopted feedback made by Espargaro earlier within the weekend that Maverick Vinales’ arrival at Aprilia will show he is among the prime three riders in MotoGP.
When requested by Autosport if his Silverstone podium was essential given the response these feedback drew, Espargaro moved to make clear precisely what he meant – noting that he’s using at a prime three degree 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 using in a really excessive degree, within the prime three within the present MotoGP class. I actually consider that it’s like this.
“However it is a sport the place it’s a must to even have bike to show it.
“As we speak [Sunday] we had higher pace than third place, I used to be actually satisfied to attempt to observe 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 gentle I used to be doubting so much as a result of I made my lap occasions braking very, very arduous.
“Ultimately, the safer choice was to remain on the medium.
“Anyway, I’m proving I’m using good, in degree. My bike is bettering so much, however Aprilia remains to be not a successful bike. So, I believe I’m in a fine condition using.”
Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Workforce Gresini
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
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 joyful is that this podium didn’t arrive in a moist race or as a result of any individual crashed,” he mentioned.
“We’ve been knocking the door many races this 12 months. That is what makes me joyful, is that we’re sturdy.
“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 sturdy in a really troublesome state of affairs for me and I used to be satisfied I might battle for the rostrum there as nicely.
“So, Silverstone will not be a particular observe, we’re aggressive all over the place.
“I’m positive if we didn’t have these engine issues we might additionally would be capable to battle for the highest three within the championship as a result of for those who 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 shall be combating for the rostrum each race.
“However I believe we’re nearer than ever, and as I mentioned earlier than I believe each rider in MotoGP class is kind 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 aside from him. So, hopefully I shall be within the podium within the subsequent races as nicely.”