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"Really upset" Espargaro admits patience wearing thin

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"Really upset" Espargaro admits patience wearing thin
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Sep 13, 2019, 11:15 AM

Aleix Espargaro admits it is getting harder to remain motivated at Aprilia, after it failed to bring any new parts to the recent Misano test amid a difficult MotoGP season.

Espargaro joined Aprilia from Suzuki for 2017 and, save for a handful of sixth-place finishes in that time, has struggled to become a consistent frontrunner aboard the RS-GP.

He is yet to break into the top eight this year, as numerous reliability troubles and a lack of pace from the Aprilia have left him with a meagre total of 33 points in 14th in the standings.

Espargaro believes he can “100 percent” fight at the front of the field in MotoGP with a good package and wants that to be with Aprilia.

But, after it failed to bring any new updates to the two-day Misano test just after the British Grand Prix, the Spaniard admitted his patience was beginning to wane.

“I would really like to be competitive with Aprilia, not with another brand,” he said. “I know this sounds stupid, but I feel like with a competitive bike I can be in the front 100 percent.

“But I’d really like to sign [another deal] with Aprilia, I would really, really like, but the races pass and the years pass and there is no reaction at the moment.”

He added: “Sincerely I’m really upset and it’s difficult to maintain – not the positivity, because I am positive, so this will never ever change in my life.

“But to still have the energy to fight is getting really difficult because the results are not arriving. Silverstone I was doing a normal race and the engine stops. We arrive at Misano with nothing new to try.

“So it’s difficult. I’m a little bit upset, not angry, but upset because I put a lot of effort and a lot of expectation in this project three years ago.

“I want to still believe that we can do it, but it’s three years already and it’s clear we are not at the level that Aprilia should be.”

Aprilia stated earlier in the year its 2020 challenger will be “really different” to any previous RS-GP, but Espargaro is not convinced a radical overhaul is necessary.

Asked if Aprilia’s lack of updates at the Misano test was down to its shift in focus to the new bike, he said: “Sometimes this can be a mistake, because I’m not sure that we have to change this bike 100 percent.

“We have to update the ’19 bike. So, if you want to update the ’19 bike, you can start receiving parts to see how the bike is with the new engine, with the new fairing, with the new winglets, or with the new swingarm.

“I think it’s a more normal way. I’m not saying the best way, but the normal way. But for the moment [Aprilia is bringing] nothing.”

Additional reporting by Matteo Nugnes

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Aleix Espargaro
Teams Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
Author Lewis Duncan