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Espargaro: “I can't keep the corner speed”

Espargaro: “I can't keep the corner speed”

Aleix Espargaro was left lamenting the feeling with his bike at the #Czech GP after a difficult weekend that saw him finish in 9th.

The whole weekend was pretty hard for Espargaro, who again managed some improvements with his GSX-RR that were positive, but not enough to make him feel totally comfortable with his machine. After recording his worst qualifying performance of the season on Saturday, the Spaniard was forced to start the race from the back of the fifth row in 15th. In the morning warm-up he tried some further set-up configurations, which unfortunately didn’t prove so positive, therefore he decided to go onto the grid with a more solid and consolidated set-up. At the start he got away well, gaining a couple of places immediately after the first turn, and then he fought to overtake the riders ahead to get into 11th place. When he succeeded, his pace was fast enough to recover a little more and then settle into his final position, 9th.

Aleix Espargaro: “I cannot say I'm happy with the weekend because once again I struggled to find a good feeling with the bike. It is positive that we finished the race and I got into the points, but overall we still need to work a lot harder. I feel disappointed, not only for the result, which is under our expectations, but most of all because I cannot understand why we can't find the good confidence we had in the first part of the season any more. After six or seven laps, when the tyre drops in performance, I can't keep the corner-speed and the back-end slides a lot under acceleration. My pace was too slow and we must investigate and understand why we are not performing as we did before.”


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