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Espargaro: “I can't say I'm happy”

Espargaro: “I can't say I'm happy”

Suzuki and Aleix Espargaro participate in their first wet race together at the Octo British Grand Prix.

Team Suzuki Ecstar continue their re-introduction to the MotoGP™ World Championship, participating in their first fully wet race since returning. The first corner proved difficult for Aleix Espargaro, he and his GSX-RR hit by Yonny Hernandez (Octo Pramac Racing) and forced wide. This caused Espargaro to lose contact with the riders ahead and the Spaniard heard strange noises from his bike soon after. Espargaro put both these factors to the back of his mind and focused on gaining lost ground.

Espargaro was able to salvage ninth at the close of the race, a strong debut for the GSX-RR in the wet. In 2014 at Aragon, Espargaro secured his first MotoGP™ podium in the wet conditions but he was unable to repeat the performance in Britain due to a rapidly degrading rear tyre, along with his early race problems. While many may have lamented the wet conditions, Espargaro and Suzuki were pleased as they were able to collect valuable data.

Aleix Espargaro: “After today's race I can't say I'm happy but I am satisfied. This morning during the warm-up we found a good solution in set-up, which gave me some confidence, and we were pretty ready for the rain. Unfortunately I was hit by another rider in the very first corner, this made me lose some time and positions and I had to recover. I felt some strange noises coming from the back of my machine but its overall performance was not bad, so I could recover some positions and be consistent with lap-times for nearly two-thirds of the race. Unfortunately the back tyre started to suffer a drop in performance and I had to give-up pushing hard. I had a pretty-good advantage on the rider behind and I decided that it was more important to finish the race and collect information. We have never raced in the rain so every single piece of data is crucial for us. It was not bad as a wet-race debut, we can work a lot on it; but overall I'm happy.”


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