Aleix Espargaro: I was very angry but I had no time obviously to stop
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Aprilia MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro finished the race in Germany in fourth place. The result is good, considering what Espargaro expected. He had a lot of problems with the front tire and that frustrated him during the race.
“From lap one when I changed the front tyre on the grid and I started the formation lap, I felt a lot of vibration on the front,” Espargaro said, as quoted by motorsport “I was very angry but I had no time obviously to stop and change the tyre because I put the new tyre on [when I was] on the grid.
“The tyre started to jump. It happened to more than seven riders on Friday, also [Joan] Mir in the qualifying. “My tyres were always perfect, but today it was unbelievable." Despite a problem that was big for him, Espargaro fought throughout the race, and proved to be a great driver.
“[There was] a lot of vibration, a lot of chattering. The first six, seven laps with the new rear tyre, I could manage it quite well. “But then it was impossible. My best sector during the weekend was sector three, the fast part of the track, and it was impossible for me to ride.
“It was question of avoiding the crash all the time. “It was surprising, because I was lapping very, very slow, but even like this I was in the podium [fight] all race”.
Maverick Vinales after the race
Teammate Maverick Vinales was unlucky and was forced to retire on lap 19.
Vinales is still happy with the bike and for the speed he had. Maverick also had a good feeling during the race, but he wasn't lucky in the end.
“Actually, I’m very happy because I enjoyed riding,” Vinales said.
“We made a good start, I was strong, I had many black marks on my leathers in the first corners [from passing other riders]. “Then I was just keeping the pace. I knew the last 10 laps were going to be my best laps, because I was keeping a good performance in the tyre, always keeping the spin down.
“But the rear device broke and my chances of staying on track were very difficult. “It broke [in the] down [position], so it never came back. I was wishing. I tried many times to lift it, but it never came back”.
Both drivers already have to focus on the next races and the challenges that await them. An ideal opportunity to show the quality!