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Espargaro: “We need some more acceleration”

Espargaro: “We need some more acceleration”

Continued improvement the aim for Aleix Espargaro at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon.

The Suzuki GSX-RR has evolved significantly since its first race appearance at the Valencia GP in 2014 and in the hands of Aleix Espargaro it continues to improve. However, there are still some areas that Espargaro feels are lacking, especially in relation to base setting. He and Team Suzuki Ecstar often struggle with the initial setting of the bike in a race weekend, resulting in a substantial amount of time lost. Fortunately, Suzuki participated in a private test at Aragon eelier in the year, which should help to alleviate this problem somewhat.

MotorLand Aragon holds a special place in Espargaro’s heart; in 2014 he took his debut podium in the MotoGP™ World Championship at the Spanish track. A flag-to-flag race saw the elder of the Espargaro brothers manage the situation to perception, battling with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Team) to the line. Espargaro would claim an incredible second and secure the best ever result for an Open rider.

Aleix Espargaro: “After a very positive first part of the season we have now slowed down our improvement process, although the Suzuki project in its entirety still looks very strong. We are struggling with the bike initially over the weekend as we have some difficulties in finding good settings when we arrive at a new track; and this steals time from concentrating on the time attack in qualifying and race set-up. In Misano we did a great job with huge improvements from one session to another, finally the weather mixed-up things in the race and I couldn’t make the progress I wanted. A positive thing to be noticed for me is the reaction time we had: we made many changes on the bike and finally found a good direction. Not finding a good and clear direction from the first session complicates things, but we must also remember that we are new and we completely lack in information and data as every circuit is new for us.”

“Even though we had tested in Misano, the weather and temperature conditions were so different that the data was just not comparable. In Aragon I hope it will be a little easier, we have tested a few weeks ago in MotorLand and I guess that there won’t be such a difference in the track conditions, therefore allowing us to exploit the information we have and start with a basic set-up that we know. For sure we need some more acceleration, at the moment it is the weakest point we have, but we must take the best out of what my GSX-RR has to offer.”


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