Espargaro began Sunday’s 23-lap Mugello race from seventh and would go on to register his fourth-straight podium in third.
However his hopes of combating for victory on Aprilia’s house soil had been scuppered by difficulties in passing VR46 Ducati riders Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini – with Espargaro showering reward on the duo who began on the entrance row.
Commenting on his race, Espargaro mentioned: “I’m completely satisfied, happy. I used to be dreaming of combating for the victory, however I couldn’t as a result of I lose quite a lot of time with the VR46 guys.
“They did an excellent job as a result of they don’t have a lot expertise, they made no errors, they had been quick, I used to be anticipating extra errors however they didn’t.
“So, it was troublesome for me to overhaul them. I misplaced 15 laps behind them.
“So, bravo to them and after I was in a position to overtake them it was too late.
“However anyway, I’m very completely satisfied.
“It was an excellent weekend for everyone for Aprilia.
“I knew ranging from seventh place could be very troublesome, however general I’m completely satisfied. It’s my fourth podium in a row.”
Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Group
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Espargaro raced a brand new engine at Mugello which allowed him to maintain tempo with the Ducatis of their slipstream.
However he says his bike had nothing to do along with his victory hopes coming to nothing, as an alternative admitting he easy “wasn’t sensible on the overtakes”.
“I’ve to say that at this time the engine was not an excuse,” he added.
“The bike was quick, the bike was good. I didn’t lose any floor with the Ducatis on the straight.
“However I used to be not sensible on the overtakes.
“For instance, within the first a part of the race I used to be in entrance of Fabio however he was in a position to overtake me and to overhaul the Ducati guys simpler.
“I used to be quite a lot of time caught behind them. So, was not the issue of the engine, the engine was quick.”
Espargaro nonetheless holds second within the championship, however his deficit to Fabio Quartararo – who was second at Mugello – has prolonged to eight factors heading to this weekend’s Catalan Grand Prix.