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German MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro ‘had pace to fight Jorge, Valentino’

“It's a pity because I had the pace to fight with Jorge and Valentino” – Aleix Espargaro.
The new for 2014 Open MotoGP class may have proved a false dawn for many, but the exception is Aleix Espargaro.

The Spaniard, who headed both seasons of the previous CRT privateer class, heads for the mid-season summer break holding sixth in the world championship with 77 points on his Forward Yamaha.

That compares with tenth overall and 52 points at the same time last season, while riding an Aspar Aprilia.

Espargaro claimed his fourth top-six finish of the season, and third in a row, during Sunday's German round at Sachsenring, which began with a 'chaotic' pitlane start for 14 of the 23 riders.

“It was a crazy race with a chaotic start. In the warm-up lap we saw that the track was drying quickly so I decided to enter the pit and change bike from wet-set up to dry,” said Espargaro. “The start from the pit lane was a sort of motocross style and I enjoyed the race, but I made a mistake choosing the softer compound tyre for the front.

“In two laps the track was completely dry and in the second part of the race I struggled a lot because the front tyre dropped. It's a pity because I had the pace to fight with Jorge and Valentino.”

Lorenzo and Rossi finished third and fourth for the factory Yamaha team.

“Anyway I'm satisfied with today's result [sixth] and happy to leave Germany with the sixth place in the Championship,” continued Espargaro. “Now I will enjoy some holidays at the seaside to recharge the batteries for a strong second part of the season”.

Espargaro's success has fueled his hopes of securing a Factory class machinery next season - with Spanish media reporting that he is now in contention for a factory Ducati ride, having previously linked with Suzuki and various satellite Honda and Yamaha seats.

Team-mate Colin Edwards was among the minority of riders to make the right tyre call on the grid, but gained little from it, finishing 20th.

“It was a difficult race,” said the Texan. “I was among the few riders to start on slick tyres from the grid, but lap after lap I was losing positions as I lacked confidence. In the second part of the race the feeling improved and I could push more. Now I will enjoy some holidays before Indianapolis.”

Indianapolis will be Edwards' last home American MotoGP race before retirement at the end of year.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Espargaro

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July 14, 2014 9:17 AM

Maybe the pace for Rossi, not so sure about Jorge. Aleix's fastest lap was slower than Pol's. Out of the 2 brothers Pol has the most potential imo. Aleix is quite a big and heavy rider (relatively) and I'm surprised no one mentions it.


July 14, 2014 9:15 AM
Last Edited 111 days ago

What MotoGP lacks the most at the moment is the repetition of battle or the rivalry for the 5th place, the highest place behind the aliens. Pol has been doing OK considering this is his rookie year and he's not so far from his brother Aleix, but we need changes to the make-up of the rest of the satellite forces. The current situation in which all three (SB, AV, BS) being ranked far below open-class Aleix and rookie Pol is just ridiculous. I really hope Herve and Gresini will make a sensible choice for the next year for the sake of the sport.

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