Aleix Espargaro is looking forward to the start of the final trio of flyaway rounds at Motegi in Japan this weekend following an excellent performance at Aragon.

The Spanish rider brought the Gresini Aprilia home in a solid sixth position in Spain at the previous round, finishing only seven seconds behind race winner Marc Marquez to underline the progress being made with the RS-GP.

Espargaro is a huge fan of the Twin Ring circuit and has been boosted by the gains made by his team with the Aprilia as the championship reaches the final stretch.

“I love Japan. For me it is one of the best countries in the world,” he said.

“Motegi is definitely a demanding circuit for us with its violent accelerations. We did a great job in Aragon. We have a truly competitive bike and I will give 100 per-cent to achieve the maximum possible result.

“The atmosphere on the team is fantastic. I can't wait to spend almost a month with the guys.”

His team-mate, British rider Sam Lowes, has set himself a target of finishing in the points and reducing the deficit to the top riders.

“I am excited, not only for the Motegi race, but for the three weekends in a row,” he said.

“It will be important to start well in order to then keep our confidence up throughout the entire tour. I like Japan and I can't wait to depart. My goal is to finish in the points zone and especially to reduce the gap behind the top riders.”

Lowes is having his final races on the Aprilia after his contract was terminated by the Italian factory after a single season and will return to the Moto2 class in 2018 with the Interwetten squad.


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