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The veteran Spaniard fended off house hero Fabio Quartararo to say third in final Sunday’s Le Mans race, marking his third-successive podium end in 2022 and fourth total.
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 throughout 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 tough for Aprilia to say no to him, Espargaro mentioned: “I don’t know what’s taking place there. I don’t know what to say.
“It’s not affecting me. I’m very completely satisfied and I’m having fun with the second.
“It is going to assist actually to know as quickly as attainable 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 tough. 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.”
Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Group
Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Commenting on the 2022 Aprilia, Espargaro says it’s the bike “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 rationalization, what’s taking place I don’t actually perceive.
“I’m having fun with this 12 months quite a bit, I’ve the bike that I dreamed.
“I requested the engineers to make this bike like I’d at all times dreamed, and so they did it which could be very tough. Within the pre-season they improved the bike quite a bit.
“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.”