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Espargaro: “The whole weekend has been very hard for me”

Espargaro: “The whole weekend has been very hard for me”

A difficult Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix ended with Aleix Espargaro’s worst race finish since Argentina in 2014.

The unique layout and track surface of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway proved to be a difficult hurdle for Team Suzuki Ecstar to overcome. Aleix Espargaro was unable to break into the top ten in Q2 despite having access to the soft option tyre and saw himself starting in 12th. Confidence in the rear end of his GSX-RR was the major problem for Espargaro throughout the weekend.

A strong start to Sunday’s race saw Aleix Espargaro enter Turn 1 in tenth, able to stay in the group for the opening laps. Issues with the rear end once again emerged and saw the eldest Espargaro brother slowly drop down the order. After the race it emerged that Espargaro had issues with his rear tyre, his 14th place finish not as bad as it first appeared. All attention now turns to Brno where Aleix Espargaro finished eighth last year.

Aleix Espargaro: “The whole weekend has been very hard for me, I couldn't find proper confidence with the bike and this affected me in the race. I made a good start and I suddenly recovered some positions, but then from lap two or three something went wrong with the rear-end of the bike; it locked-up a lot when entering the corners. I also tried to take away all the engine braking but couldn't solve the problem that way. Also when I finished the race, the tyre was destroyed and this means something went wrong. It was impossible to keep-up good lap times, I wanted to end the race as respect for the team but it was pretty dangerous. I am disappointed, but now I will reset my mind and think ahead to Brno. We will fly directly there and this will help to give us focus.”


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