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Aleix Espargaro: "An unlucky race can happen along the way"

Aprilia rider moves up from P20 in qualifying to cross the line in 13th

It was a tough weekend at the Red Bull Ring for Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), but despite starting from 20th on the grid, the Spaniard managed to cross the line for points and made some good progress in the race.

Struggling with acceleration, Espargaro came back from a difficult start to begin overtaking those ahead of him, making up seven places to take 13th at the flag. Next up is Silverstone, where man and machine hope to be back at the sharp end once again.

Aleix Espargaro, P13: "I suffered a lot, especially at the beginning when I found myself basically in last place. We struggled in acceleration from low speed, so I had to make up ground in the braking sections. After a few laps I began to feel better, overtaking a lot of riders and setting a good pace. I am not satisfied with my final position. We have the potential to finish much farther forward, but I think that the real problem was yesterday's qualifiers. Starting twentieth on a track like this one makes everything more difficult. We earned points, which is obviously not our goal, but an unlucky race can happen along the way as we grow."

Super difficult weekend, not a good track for us, can't wait for next race!

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