Sachsenring, 20 June 2021 - On the Sunday where he celebrated his 75th MotoGP start with Aprilia, Aleix Espargaró was the protagonist of yet another race in the leading group.
Starting extremely well from the third spot on the grid (this is the best result ever for Aprilia in the premier class: until now, the Italian bike had never started from the front row in the era of 4-stroke MotoGP bikes), Aleix took the race lead in the early stages and then settling into second behind Márquez. A few drops of rain after a few laps cost him a few tenths, recompacting the group where he continued to battle all the way to the chequered flag.
His seventh place finish may not give proper credit to the performance of Aleix and the RS-GP, but it does definitively confirm the important progress demonstrated throughout this 2021 season.
It could also have been a good Sunday for Lorenzo Savadori who, despite his starting position, joined the group battling for points straight away. However, a crash during the sixth lap brought his race to an early end.
ALEIX ESPARGARÓ (bike no. 41): "I am pleased with the level we have reached but I am also angry because I expected to be able to achieve something more today. The reality of the situation is that we are undoubtedly in the leading group, both in qualifying and in the race, on tracks that are vastly different from one another, but we need to keep working to find that final step.
I was extremely strong at the start today and then I was able to maintain the pace rather well behind Marc. In the stage of the race when a few drops of rain fell, he managed to pull away. He began building his victory at that moment. Compared to the others, I had some limitations mid corner, a question of a few tenths per lap, but that’s all it takes in this MotoGP championship."
LORENZO SAVADORI (bike no. 32): "I am obviously not satisfied with the way the weekend ended. I started rather well, and I was in the group that would have made a play for the points zone, with a good pace.
Unfortunately, I crashed. We still need to figure out what happened, but the end result is a lost opportunity to do well. On a positive note, despite the incredible level of this championship, I continue to improve and get closer to some rather respectable adversaries."
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