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MotoGP Italy: Espargaro: I'm back in love with racing again

'Last year we arrived here with some worries because we lacked in engine power, but this year the situation is different' - Aleix Espargaro.
Aleix Espargaro is intrigued to tackle the iconic Mugello circuit in Italy this weekend with the benefit of extra top speed from the Ecstar Suzuki.

A lack of outright power was an issue for the GSX-RR last season but Suzuki has dramatically improved in this area and Espargaro believes he can capitalise on some of the machine's best characteristics to score a solid result on Sunday.

“Mugello is a very fast track where we can exploit some positives with our GSX-RR, therefore I'm curious to get there soon,” said Espargaro, who finished sixth last time out at Le Mans.

“Last year we arrived here with some worries because we lacked in engine power, but this year the situation is different and we can count on more efficiency.

“Recently we have been making many steps forward, we're finding good solutions for the set-up and my positive feeling has increased a lot. I've found back my joy for riding,” he added.

“In France we couldn't finalise a good result because I lacked in feeling with the front tyre, but the improvements we did were very positive. Mugello will be fun, there is always a lot of people there and you can feel their passion.”


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TrueFan

May 18, 2016 2:42 PM

Nice to hear, but if we accept all the "definite rumours" we her reported, this is your thirteenth last race on a factory ride, Aleix. I hope you enjoy it. Apparently Alex Rins and Andrea Iannone are looking to capitalise on your work next year... Life as a GP rider is inherently cruel. You spend years building your reputation and achieving results that your peers don't match, but you'll be despatched in an instant for the next wave of potential race winners... At least you had a shot Aleix.

Realist

May 18, 2016 4:54 PM

Rockstar84: Its a shame, that Zarco got one of the seat, because I feel Rins/Iannone could really be competitive on this bike. Aleix also has been decent, but think Suzuki really could gauge the potential of the bike from Vinales, so unfortunately he got to go.
Suzuki is planning to run 3 bikes next year (if reports are accurate), and Zarco has one of them for sure. Rins/Iannone is the reported riders for the other two seats. We shall see.



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