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Espargaro: “I’m not so happy for the race”

Espargaro: “I’m not so happy for the race”

Seventh in the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix a disappointing result for Aleix Espargaro who laments early pace.

Starting in 10th place on the grid, Aleix Espargaro knew the Malaysian GP would be a hard race as his Suzuki continues to struggle to match the top end speeds of other MotoGP™ bikes. A strong start saw the Team Suzuki Ecstar rider make up several positions in the early stages of the race and keep contact with the top ten, but he would have liked more. As the race went on he encountered increasing issues with grip and was forced to reduce his pace, unable to stay with the likes of Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) and began to battle with teammate Maverick Viñales.

The Team Suzuki Ecstar pair produced a thrilling battle that would go down to the end, Espargaro besting Viñales by just under 0.2s. Coming into the weekend most would have seen seventh as a great result for Suzuki due to their lack of top end speed, but Espargaro was left disappointed. He felt a better Qualifying would have led to a stronger race result as he could have avoided struggling against other riders at the start with a full fuel tank. Just one round of the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship remains, the Valencia GP should suit the style of both Espargaro and the Suzuki more than Sepang with a tighter track layout. Both parties are looking for a strong result to end Suzuki’s return on a high before regrouping and pushing for 2016.

Aleix Espargaro: “It’s good that we got some points but at the end of the day, I’m not so happy for the race, it is true that this circuit was not easy for us but I have the feeling I could have gained a better result after the progress we have made so far. Of course the qualifying penalised us, starting from behind is never easy and I couldn’t overtake in the early laps. With a full tank and jammed in the middle group I couldn’t find the best performance nor take my preferred lines, so I struggled to find a consistent pace. It’s a pity; I could have had a better race-pace and fight for a better position. Now we go to Valencia, the track is tight and maybe more favourable for us, so I hope we’ll get a better feeling and find a better result.”


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