Aleix Espargaró: “Aprilia’s engine is fast, we’ll see if it’s enough to follow Ducati”


The MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) announced this Thursday improvements for the Italian Grand Prix to be held this weekend, although we will have to wait to find out if it is “enough to follow the Ducati”, compared to those that have than “improve a little”.

“The Aprilia engine is fast, it’s good, we’ll see if it’s enough to follow the Ducati or even overtake them. We’re ahead compared to the Yamaha and we have to improve a bit compared to the Ducati. We’ll see if we’re on par from the rest of the best engines in the world. We are not far away, but top speed is not the most important thing in the world. We have good acceleration, Mugello is the most difficult circuit in the world, not everything is reduced to top speed”, Espargaró analyzed in press conference on the improvements that Aprilia will install for this race.

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Thus, the Spanish driver reported that they bring “a couple of new things” for the Italian Grand Prix. “A new engine and quite a few aerodynamic elements, and it looks promising, I hope it will give us a few tenths to fight for the top positions,” he wished.

Also this Thursday, Aprilia announced the renewal until 2024 of Aleix Espargaró, for which the Granollers recognized that this is “the best weekend” for the rider and the factory, although it also translates into “more pressure”.

“I love arriving in Italy in this way, with good results, leading the team championship, and it’s fantastic, and then in Catalonia. There are 50 points, they don’t count more than Germany or Assen, you have to work on the same line. The first laps of the race will be very important. The Ducati will go like a bullet”, he predicted for the GP at Mugello.

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Finally, the Spanish rider assessed that Finland will also not be able to enjoy the Motorcycle World Championship this season on its KymiRing due to the works necessary for the track to obtain the proper homologation and due to the geopolitical situation derived from the war in Ukraine. “It was good to go to a new country, to a new circuit, but if they have postponed it, it is that we have a slightly longer vacation,” he settled.

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