Aleix Espargaró satisfied with the result but expectant

February 5, 2022

Madrid, Feb 5 (EFE).- The Spanish Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP) got the best time on the first day of MotoGP practice at the Malaysian Sepang circuit and although he was satisfied with the result, he was expectant for the events of the next days. “Aprilia has done a good job, because they have been shooting here all week and even closed the circuit for one day just for us, but I don’t think they had that much of an advantage today despite the concessions, having only ridden one day,” he acknowledged. the Spanish pilot. “Every year I have ridden one day since I arrived at Aprilia and I had never done this time nor had I led a pre-season test. In the test I tested the 2021 and 2022 bikes and for this test in the team we have decided to use only the new one, which has made us waste a lot of time in the workshop, but that’s why we’re in the tests”, assures Aleix Espargaró without hesitation. “You have to put everything in perspective, because it is only the first day of testing, but I feel the bike is much more agile. The whole chassis has been redesigned and the engine runs a little more. We will see if it is enough or not when they get closer. the races, but we have taken a step forward”, explains Espargaró of the performance of the new Aprilia RS-GP. “When I got on the bike at Noale I saw that it was narrower and smaller, and this is not only good for comfort but it helps you turn and the first thing I saw when I went out on the track with it, especially in turn five , that it is fast, is that the motorcycle falls inside, that it turns more and it is very important, it is more agile; what is still not enough, I think, is the power. We have grown a little in this sense, that the engine is more fast, especially at the top, but the problem is that our rivals have strong engines and we will have to work harder”, affirms Aleix Espargaró without hesitation. “I set the time very quickly and then Romano -the engineer Romano Albesiano- and the team made me ride the second bike and try many things. I only used a soft tire, the one in the morning, and I think I can be more fast and shoot tomorrow in 57”, assures Aleix Espargaró convinced. EFE JLL/jad