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MotoGP Aragon: Espargaro bemoans front-end woe

'I'm not able to ride as I want, as I need with the front part of the bike. Really I feel really angry because it makes it more difficult' - Aleix Espargaro.
Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro was left frustrated once more at Aragon as the Spanish rider continues to struggle with the GSX-RR.

Espargaro finished seventh behind Dani Pedrosa as team-mate Maverick Vinales again bagged the best result for the team in fourth.

Problems with the front of the Suzuki have dented Espargaro's confidence and he feels unable to ride the bike aggressively.

“Once again I'm not able to ride aggressive: always in my career I am a rider who always did everything with the front, even in the past with the 'Open' bike when the engine was very slow I did everything with the brakes, braking very, very late and carrying a lot of speed on the entry completing holding the front brake,” he said.

“I'm not able to do this season the same. I had really good pace, the rear tyre was fantastic but I had a lot of moments with the front and I was not able to even overtake.”

Espargaro opted against using the asymmetric front Michelin at Aragon tyre but refuses to blame the rubber for the problems he has been having this season.

“I had the 'K' front. [The asymmetric] gives you a little bit more stability but in any moment if you reach a little bit harder you can crash. The only thing I need is to get confident step by step, improve, and I knew that the 'K' was the best compromise tyre. It's not about the tyre, it's something about me and my team to find the way.

“Valencia GP last season [was last time he had a good feeling with the front]. I'm really pissed off because the bike this season is fantastic as Maverick is showing; the bike is much better – the seamless and the frame, the team is great. Everything is great but I'm not able to ride as I want, as I need with the front part of the bike. Really I feel really angry because it makes it more difficult.”

Espargaro is now looking ahead to the next round of the championship in just under three weeks' time at Motegi in Japan, where he hopes to challenge for a good result to repay Suzuki for the opportunity to race the GSX-RR over the past two seasons.

“I always say that Japan is for me one of the best countries in the world and I love to stay there,” said Espargaro, who will move to Aprilia for 2017 and 2018 in the premier class.

“I will go very early and spend all week there and I will give everything from FP1 to do a good weekend and thank Suzuki for these great two years and it's not going to be easy but I will try my best to be closer to the top.”




Tagged as: Dani Pedrosa , Espargaro

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