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Espargaro: “I didn’t have a proper feeling”

Espargaro: “I didn’t have a proper feeling”

Front tyre issues force Aleix Espargaro off track and lucky to finish the Motul Grand Prix of Japan.

Cold and wet conditions greeted the MotoGP™ World Championship on Sunday morning at the Japanese GP, a dramatic change from the majority of the weekend. Warm Up gave riders and teams 20 minutes to adjust their setting ahead of the race, but a drying track in the final laps saw tyre wear become the deciding factor. Aleix Espargaro was one of the worst hit riders, his front tyre’s performance dropping greatly and sending him off track at one stage. The Team Suzuki Ecstar rider displayed great motorcross skills as he navigated his GSX-RR through the gravel to re-join the race.

A strong ride saw Espargaro recover to 11th position, despite his rear tyre beginning to drop as the track continued to dry. The wet conditions did highlight that the Suzuki’s electronics need to be upgraded to help manage performance in the wet. The 2015 season is a learning year for Suzuki as they return to the MotoGP™ World Championship, knowledge such as this a critical aspect of improving.

Aleix Espargaro: “I’m disappointed for the final result because I have the feeling we could have got a position closer to our real potential today. This morning in the warm-up I had a very good pace and I was positive for the race, in fact my start was very good and I was immediately fighting with the factory riders. Unfortunately the front tyre’s performance dropped off a lot, I didn’t have a proper feeling from it and I did some hard braking, that pushed me in the gravel. Luckily I didn’t crash and could re-join the race, but I lost many positions.”

“From there I could recover many places but then the rear tyre performance dropped, so-much-so that at the end of the race it was almost a slick, so we need to improve a lot our electronic management on wet tyres. We had the same issues in Misano and Silverstone, so that’s an area where we must improve. It is positive that in all the last races we made many improvements. In the dry we are pretty competitive and also in the wet we are getting better and better, even if the final result of this race is not what I was expecting or wishing for.”


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