Aleix Espargaro He had a difficult Friday at the Red Bull Ring where he did not feel comfortable on this new variant between turns 1 and 3 of the circuit which was changed for safety reasons. The Aprilia rider was repeatedly delayed and could only finish eleventh, 0″310 behind the first Ducati and 0″034 behind his teammate Maverick Viñales, who finished ninth and in the provisionals place for Q2.
“I don’t like the new variant and I do it badly, but it has nothing to do with the other one because they have done a very good job in Austria and it is safer than the previous corner. we had,” said the pilot. regard.
“Although they are two different tarmacs, they have done a good job and the grip is not that different”, highlights the Aprilia rider, who emphasizes that it hurts him “because I am not able to understand how to do it, but it does not mean that the bike is wrong, but I was not very smart and until the last start I did not do it decently, I was quite close to the best and I only finished three tenths, so I am confident that I can improve , but the truth is that I don’t quite understand how to go fast on this track”.
“I’m three tenths away and if I improve the variant I can be perfectly first. I have no doubts that if I improve a little tomorrow, because in sector 3 and 4 I’m not behind the first, I can be among at the best. “, assured Aleix convinced Espargaro.
Regarding his teammate Maverick Viñales, he admitted that “he does the variant better than me but he suffers a bit in the more normal sectors, like 3 and 4, where I tried in three different gears and half of practice I asked him. by radio to Mateo, that we have him on the track, where he was braking, but I haven’t been good at driving level and I haven’t been able to understand the variant. Sometimes you catch it quickly and sometimes a lap is needed.”
Regarding the dominance of Ducati on this first day, with seven bikes in the top eight, Aleix Espargaró recalled that “in the summer I was reading an interview with a Ducati rider who said it was a shame that Ducati was not racing this year and Can’t set the difference, but Ducati is doing a fantastic job with all the satellite teams, taking care of the young riders, working well”.
“It’s no coincidence and Ducati is doing very well, not only Pecco but also the satellite teams and that means the bike is working because when there are eight guys at the front and only one Yamaha and two Aprilias with them, they are going well .” , Aleix Espargaró will no doubt confirm.
Source: La Verdad