Le Mans (France), 11 October 2020 - The final surprise of weekend at the French Le Mans circuit came just a few minutes before the race start, with a downpour that forced teams and riders to drastically change their plans. So, it was a wet race, with Bradley Smith getting off the grid extremely well at the start and Aleix Espargaro’ skilfully avoiding Valentino Rossi’s crash and getting into the top 10.
First seventh and then ninth, Bradley confirmed his feeling in the wet before falling victim to a violent high side on the ninth lap.
Aleix, on the other hand, complained of poor grip, maintaining his pace all the way to the chequered flag, where he finished fourteenth.
ALEIX ESPARGARÒ (bike no. 41): "This was not a race to be pleased about. We know that we struggle with grip at the rear and that becomes particularly clear on a cold and wet track.
At the start, I managed to maintain a decent pace after a good start, but when there began to be less water on the track, I simply did not have grip. I was constantly at risk of making a mistake, so at a certain point, I set my sights on finishing the race. Now we’ll think about Aragón, a track that I like a lot. Hopefully we’ll find better conditions there".
BRADLEY SMITH (bike no. 38): "Unfortunately, our difficulties got the best of us in the race too. We need to work on the electronics, because in conditions like today, we are too close to the limit.
I'm very disappointed because when I crashed, I wasn’t pushing. I had found my pace and was already thinking about how to manage the tyres which, with less water on the track, were beginning to overheat. In any case, I am pleased with what I was able to do. I took advantage of every possible opportunity this weekend to best express the potential of the RS-GP."