18 June 2023 - It wasn’t the best of Sundays for Aprilia on the Sachsenring. After the difficulties encountered yesterday, Aleix and Maverick were unable to straighten out the German race weekend today. Aleix and his team gambled on the soft rear tyre, partially in light of the data collected during the Sprint.
It was, unfortunately, a gamble that did not pay off. Although he battled in the early stages of the race, the Spaniard had to reckon with a drastic drop in grip towards the end, finishing outside the points zone.
Maverick, on the other hand, had a technical problem that forced him to a DNF during the ninth lap.
Aleix Espargaró (bike no. 41): “I think that with the medium tyre, I would have been able to finish easily in the top 10. However, the data from the Sprint race yesterday seemed to indicate wear that was not too excessive for the soft and that’s why we decided to use it.
The decision did not pay off. In the finale I basically had no grip. We were lacking in performance this weekend, as the results from the other Aprilias also shows, on a track where we did not expect to encounter these difficulties.”
Maverick Viñales (bike no. 12): “The weekend had started off well straight away but then we were unable to express our potential. If we work well, we know that we can be fast, but evidently there were some problems which conditioned our performance. We still don’t know if this stems from a problem with the engine that forced me to retire. We’ll analyze the data in-depth now and try to figure it out.
It’s a shame but complaining won’t help anything. We still believe in the project, and we’ll keep our heads down and continue to work hard. The positive note is that I recovered positions in both starts – yesterday in the Sprint race and today in the GP – so from this point of view there was improvement.”
GERMAN GP, SPRINT RACE, SATURDAY 17 JUNE 2023.
QUALIFIERS PLAGUED BY YELLOW FLAGS CONDITION THE SPRINT RACE FOR ALEIX, NINTH ACROSS THE LINE:
GERMAN GP, THE PRACTICES OF FRIDAY 16 JUNE 2023:
IN THE CHAOTIC FINALE OF P2 ALEIX TURNS AN INCREDIBLE LAP TO CLINCH A TOP-3 SPOT: