The veteran Spaniard fended off residence hero Fabio Quartararo to assert third in final Sunday’s Le Mans race, marking his third-successive podium end in 2022 and fourth general.
It places Espargaro simply 4 factors behind Quartararo within the championship standings, with the Aprilia rider constantly proving himself and his bundle as real title contenders.
However he nonetheless has no deal in place with Aprilia past 2022, with Espargaro revealing in the course of the Austin weekend that preliminary talks with the Italian producer had left him “unhappy” as each events had been too far aside of phrases.
Requested after his Le Mans podium if he was making it troublesome for Aprilia to say no to him, Espargaro stated: “I don’t know what’s taking place there. I don’t know what to say.
“It’s not affecting me. I’m very glad and I’m having fun with the second.
“It’ll assist actually to know as quickly as doable my future, as a result of it’s going to give me some tranquillity.
“I’d say there’s nothing extra I can do – yeah, I can win each race, however that is very troublesome.
“Ending each race within the podium is all I can do.
“However the market is loopy, the championship is loopy, the extent of each rider is unbelievable.”
Espargaro held off Quartararo to complete third in Sunday’s French GP
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Commenting on the 2022 Aprilia, Espargaro says it’s the motorbike “I at all times dreamed of” having and is at a loss to clarify his present “insane” kind.
“I’ve no phrases, sincerely,” he admitted.
“I’ve no clarification, what’s taking place I don’t actually perceive.
“I’m having fun with this 12 months loads, I’ve the bike that I dreamed.
“I requested the engineers to make this bike like I’d at all times dreamed, they usually did it which may be very troublesome.
“Within the pre-season they improved the bike loads.
“This bike I’ve is the bike I at all times dreamed of. Now I’m simply 4 factors behind Fabio, 100 factors in seven races, main the groups’ [championship]. It’s insane.”