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The Aprilia rider struggled to ninth at Phillip Island on Sunday as a consequence of an obvious electronics difficulty, 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 is 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 sweet sufficient to permit “everybody who rides it” to be sturdy.
“It is 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 is a good bike, I do know we improved the bike rather a lot. Nevertheless it’s not on the stage of one of the best bike of the grid in any respect.
“It is by no means been like this, however they made many errors at first of the yr and so they paid it now.
“However as we speak the outcomes of the Ducati, it is ridiculous. It does not matter who rides the bike, they’re within the high six. It is very irritating.”
Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Workforce
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Whereas Espargaro nonetheless has a mathematical probability at successful the championship, he admits in the course of the flyaway run of races that Aprilia “proved we aren’t collectively as a group” and “not on the stage to combat for the title”.
“Harder,” Espargaro responded when requested what he considered his championship hopes now.
“I believe that within the final three races we proved we aren’t collectively as a group.
“We’re not on the stage to combat for this title. We have conceded many, many factors, as a result of on the finish 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 is nonetheless potential, I am actually proud about my championship.
“There’s two races to go and Aleix and Aprilia are nonetheless within the sport for the title.
“So, I am proud. However with Pecco and Ducati’s type, with one race of benefit [in terms of points] on me it’ll be very tough.”