Espargaro: Ducati’s “irritating” MotoGP bike benefit “ridiculous” - Motor Informed

Espargaro: Ducati’s “irritating” MotoGP bike benefit “ridiculous”

The Aprilia rider struggled to ninth at Phillip Island on Sunday attributable to an obvious electronics concern, which has left him trailing 27 factors within the championship to new chief Francesco Bagnaia with simply two races to go.

Espargaro has been within the title combat all season since he took his maiden MotoGP victory in Argentina, however says “it’s by no means been” the case that the vastly improved RS-GP was wherever close to the extent of the Ducati.

With six of the eight Ducatis ending inside the highest 10 at Phillip Island, Espargaro admits that is “irritating” because the bike is nice sufficient to permit “everybody who rides it” to be robust.

“It’s humorous as a result of not too way back, three, 4 months in the past, everybody was saying the Aprilia was the ‘new Ferrari’,” Espargaro mentioned.

“I knew the bike that I had. I do know it’s a superb bike; I do know we improved the bike lots. Nevertheless it’s not on the degree of the very best bike on the grid in any respect. It’s by no means been like this.

“Ducati made many errors initially of the 12 months and so they’re nonetheless paying for it now. However immediately the outcomes of the Ducati…it’s ridiculous. It doesn’t matter who rides the bike, they’re within the prime six. It’s very irritating.”

Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team

Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Crew

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Whereas Espargaro nonetheless has a mathematical likelihood at successful the championship, he admits through the flyaway run of races that Aprilia “proved we’re not collectively as a workforce” and “not on the degree to combat for the title”.

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“Harder,” Espargaro responded when requested what he considered his championship hopes now.

“I believe that within the final three races we proved we’re not collectively as a workforce.

“We aren’t on the degree to combat for this title. We’ve conceded many, many factors, as a result of within the final three races we scored eight or 10 factors (12 factors).

“That is ridiculous if you wish to combat for the title. That is the issue. It’s nonetheless doable; I’m actually proud about my championship.

“There are two races to go and Aleix and Aprilia are nonetheless within the sport for the title.

“So, I’m proud. However with Pecco and Ducati’s type, with one race of benefit [in terms of points] on me, it’s going to be very tough.”



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