Aleix Espargaro seems to be a big optimist ahead of this season, as his bike is pretty good, and Aprilia will have a good season by all accounts. “I know it’s going to be an exam every single weekend for Aprilia because we have to reconfirm the best of the work,” he said, as quoted by motorsport “But we did it in Malaysia test, in Indonesia test, here in Qatar I think we did a strong weekend.
“I was alone with the bike in qualifying and pulling just 0.2s from pole, then the race I think I did one of the strongest ones. “Unfortunately, the start wasn’t so good, so I lost time and I wasn’t able to finish – I’m not saying win, but yes second or third.
“But races are like this. I really had a lot of fun. “It’s a pleasure to be able to fight with the best guys, to have the weapons to fight. It’s the first time in my career I feel like I had them, so it’s going to be a good season”.
Espargaro on his podium
Espargaro was close to the third podium of his career, but he doesn't seem angry about it, and he expects it to come. “I’m not really disappointed,” he said. “Yeah, I was looking for the podium.
But the thing is, the feelings that I had in the race, it’s the first time in my life that I had them. “I felt like I was the strongest one in terms of pace, but I was maybe too conservative with the laps that I did behind Marc [Marquez] and [Joan] Mir.
“I never expected that they [the leaders] will drop the pace like this, so I lost almost a full second with Joan and almost a full second with Marc. He’s happiest because his bike had a pace, and that’s what matters most.
They showed great quality during the race “But anyway, I was able to do that fast lap and catch the group, but always I was too late and I was missing one lap to catch my brother. “Races are like this, it’s good enough for the first race, but the most important thing is the pace we did.
I did many laps in 1m54s half, which has been amazing. “We saw the level was amazing, the race was very fast, and I’m very glad to say that we’ve been one of the strongest ones there”.