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MOTOGP 2023 – GP 17, THAILAND

ALEIX ESPARGARÓ BATTLES, STRUGGLES AND FINISHES FIFTH

EIGHTH FINAL PLACE FOR HIM AFTER A PENALTY. MAVERICK VIÑALES STARTS WELL BUT IS FORCED TO RETIRE

29 October 2023 - It was a weekend of ups and downs for Aprilia in Thailand. On Friday, Maverick and Aleix had begun the weekend well on a track that is not particularly friendly. Aleix’s third place in qualifying, with Maverick on the third row, seemed to promise an interesting performance.

Where Aleix, both yesterday and today – with two fifth place finishes – was able to limit the damage, finishing not too far behind the leaders, Maverick was forced to retire today during the twenty-fourth lap due to extreme temperature conditions in the saddle.

After the end of the race, Aleix was notified of a 3-second penalty for irregular front tyre pressure which relegated him to eighth place.

Aleix Espargaró (bike no. 41): “Looking at my performance, I am satisfied with what we demonstrated this weekend. On a difficult track, in treacherous conditions, I did not have the pace to battle for the podium, but fifth with a reduced gap behind the winner is not bad. However, I suffered a lot with the heat. In the final laps, I was struggling to breathe and that is unfortunately a problem with our bike.”

Maverick Viñales (bike no. 12): “A weekend of ups and downs. Friday we had apparently reached the bike’s limit because it became increasingly more difficult to improve after that. In the race today, I wasn’t doing badly, but at a certain point I began to lose mental clarity due to the heat. Especially on the straight, when I would lie down on the bike, the sensation of heat was astonishing. At a certain point, the best decision was to stop. Continuing to risk did not make sense. Clearly this is a situation we need to discuss. There will be other races with high temperatures”.

SOCIAL CORNER – MAVERICK INSTAGRAM:
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THAILAND GP, SPRINT RACE, SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER 2023:
www.aprilia.com/en_EN/aprilia-world/racing/aprilia-motogp-2023-thailand-saturday

NEXT LAST THREE RACES OF THE 2023 MOTOGP:
PPETRONAS GRAND PRIX OF MALAYSIA (GP 18, 10-12 NOVEMBER); QATAR AIRWAYS GRAND PRIX OF QATAR (GP 19, 17-19 NOVEMBER); GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA (GP 20, 24-25 NOVEMBER, SEASON FINALE).
INFO: www.motogp.com/en

RIDERS’S CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER THAILAND GP. SOURCE OF IMAGINE:
www.facebook.com/MotoGP

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