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Espargaro: “I struggled a lot to feel confident”

Espargaro: “I struggled a lot to feel confident”

Adjustments to bike geometry and electronics did not change Aleix Espargaro’s feeling with his Suzuki, leading to a difficult test.

As his young Team Suzuki Ecstar teammate soared, Aleix Espargaro found himself struggling during the Phillip Island test. Friday proved to be an extremely difficult day for the Suzuki rider, falling twice as he tried to push beyond his limit as he hunted for a fast time. His test was not helped by the fact he did not fill fully fit, nor that he could find a comfortable setting over the three days. Despite being unable to set a fast lap time, Espargaro was able to help by continuing to assess the new seamless gearbox, chassis and engine debuted in Sepang. With these new parts, Espargaro feels that the overall package of the Suzuki GSX-RR has taken a step forward and the results should come throughout the year.

Before the final MotoGP™ test in Qatar, Aleix Espargaro has set himself a clear goal: to clear his head and focus his efforts on the start of the season, leaving his frustrations with Australia behind. From the second to fourth of March the final official MotoGP™ World Championship test will take place in Qatar, just ahead of the season opener at the same circuit.

Aleix Espargaro: “I am fine, despite the crashes and despite the fact that we couldn’t improve as I wanted to, but my feelings about the improvements are positive. We tried many different things on the bike, in geometry and electronics, but unfortunately my feeling didn’t change so much. This track is very different from the other circuits, it’s really fast and I struggled a lot to feel confident, for example it’s much worse than in Malaysia two weeks ago. Despite this I tried to push as hard as I could, this is also why I crashed twice, but honestly the result is that I want to clear my mind from this test and think ahead to Qatar. I know it’s strange to say because of the timesheets but I honestly really feel that the bike has improved, it is much better than last year for the engine, the seamless, everything actually is performing better. Suzuki did a great job during the winter and what they are delivering to us is a real step forward; I just need to put everything together and find back my competitiveness.”


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