In MotoGP is driven Aleix Espargaro for several Teams, but never for an absolute top Team. Now the Spaniard has revealed that he has stood for the 2015 season before a switch to Ducati. “I signed for Suzuki, but three weeks before, I’ve shaken with Gigi Dall’igna, the hands,” said Espargaro . “It was convenient to get everything done, but then Dovizioso remained.”
Espargaro in 2012 and 2013, in the spotlight, as he won with an inferior ART-Aprilia twice, then the CRT standings. In 2014 he won the Open class with an older Yamaha in the Forward Team for themselves. Many in the paddock wondering what could make the Spaniard with a competitive motorcycle.
Dovizioso rode in 2013 and 2014, his first two years at Ducati. It was a difficult and practically unsuccessful time. Nevertheless, he decided in July 2014 to continue, because slowly, the first fruits of Dall Ignas work showed. At the time, Cal Crutchlow was the second factory Ducati rider. At the beginning of August, it was agreed with the British on the resolution of the two-year contract.
Crutchlow-the successor to repeated Andrea Iannone from the Pramac Team. Espargaro moved, finally, for 2015 Forward to Suzuki. The Japanese Team had a Comeback in racing. No one knew in advance how competitive the GSX-RR was going to be. In the seventh race (in Barcelona) captured Espargaro the first Pole position for Suzuki in the Comeback.
“I had a very unstructured career at the beginning. When I then came to MotoGP, I have shown that I work very hard,” said Espargaro in retrospect. In the summer of 2015 was crucial for the further course of his career, as he was thanks to his performances with unterlegenem Material to a sought-after driver.
“by this time I had the Chance to be in two of the best factory teams. I then landed at Suzuki. I had a good first year. In the second year has cost me the change from Bridgestone to Michelin. It is not an excuse, but I was not good enough. Maverick [Vinales] has won a Grand Prix and a lot of competition was more competitive than I am.”
Vinales was driving at the time, his second season in the Premier class, and shone on the world Cup Fourth. Espargaro managed to place no podium and landed only on place eleven. “I don’t think my year was bad because I was often in the Top 5 and Top 6. But I was not on the Level of Maverick. That is the reality.”
According to Suzuki: Laborious new beginning for Aprilia
Suzuki spoke in the spring with Iannone. Espargaro realised that he had to look for an Alternative. From one of his mechanic that he had experienced. The relationship with Suzuki was then tarnished. “Then I ended up with the Aprilia and I think I do a good job,” says Espargaro. “I think the other works know the. I am also only 30 years old.”
For the past three years he has been driving for the Italian brand. Top results from previously. There were three difficult years with a lot of frustration. However, the brand new RS-GP for the test runs shown in February, that Aprilia has made significant progress. Can’t show Espargaro, because it is due to the Coronavirus pandemic, not a race.
The are also bad prospects, in order to recommend themselves for the next year with another Team. “Unfortunately, this year is the way it is. The RS-GP seems to be competitive. I would have been able to show many things. Who knows what will happen in 2021. At the moment I have no choice and spend my time with my family,” says the Spaniard. He lives in Andorra.
Aprilia Motorsport boss Massimo Rivola has in recent weeks repeatedly indicated that he wants to make in the ideal case, with Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Iannone in the future. An official extension of the contract, there is not yet.
This article was written by Gerald Dirnbeck
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