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MotoGP Netherlands: Axed Espargaro turns attentions to Assen

Aleix Espargaro looks ahead to the next MotoGP round in Assen, days after Suzuki confirmed he won't be retained in its line up for 2017.
Aleix Espargaro is confident he can enjoy a strong race with Suzuki at the Assen MotoGP as he prepares for his first event since it was confirmed he won't be racing with the manufacturer in 2017.

With Suzuki this week officially confirming an all-new rider line-up for the 2017 MotoGP season with rookie Alex Rins being paired with the already announced Andrea Iannone, Espargaro has been frozen out of the team.

Nevertheless, the Spaniard is tipped to be revealed as joining Aprilia for 2017, where he will ride alongside another Moto2 graduate Sam Lowes.

In the meantime, Espargaro is remaining focused on the job in hand and believes the recent Catalunya test will get him back to form after his perfect finishing record was scuppered last time out in Spain.

“Assen is one of my favourite tracks in the championship and with the improvements we have done lately I believe we can do a good race. From the test in Barcelona two weeks ago, I found a better direction for the development.

“I will probably go back to the standard chassis as we found some very interesting options in the set-up that can be further explored and exploited. At the end of the test last Monday I did many laps because I felt very comfortable and had a clear perception that we were moving ahead.

“This continuous improvement, together with the layout of the TT circuit, gives me a further enthusiasm towards this next race.”

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June 23, 2016 4:56 PM

I find it hard to understand how everyone has forgotten how impressive Espargaro has been (besides the start to this season). Every year since entering MotoGP he's comfortably outperformed his teammate. Only now is he being beaten, and he's been using a different chassis to Maverick since day 1. Bradl is a decent rider but since joining MotoGP he's not really impressed me. Despite winning the Moto2 title he's never really had the pace to battle for podiums and considering the fact that they're still in development of the bike I can't understand why they would take him over Bautista: a slightly faster rider with far more experience.


June 23, 2016 3:28 PM
Last Edited 334 days ago

So Aleix Espargaro is supposedly tipped to take Bradl's seat? Why? Other than some good speed in the occcasional FP1 or FP2, what exactly jumps out of AE41's resume? They are the same age and at least SB6 has a Moto2 title to his name. w/e.

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