AFTER A WEEKEND CONSISTENTLY AMONG THE LEADERS, ALEIX FALLS VICTIM TO A CRASH. LORENZO, IN HIS MAIDEN MOTOGP RACE, RACKS UP SOME MILES AND EXPERIENCE. NEXT GP, ON THE SAME TRACK: 15 NOVEMBER 2020.
Valencia (Spain), 8 November 2020 - What could have been a good race on the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, given Aleix Espargaró’s performance throughout the weekend, was compromised straight away for both Aleix and Lorenzo Savadori. After a good start which placed him solidly in the top 10, an unfortunate crossing of trajectories caused Espargaró to lose control of his RS-GP. Unable to re-join the race, Aleix was forced to retire.
Lorenzo Savadori, arriving at his first ever MotoGP race without an actual preparatory session in the dry, had a crash in the early stages. Stoically re-joining the race, the Italian rider accumulated laps, experience and data until an alarm message on his dashboard forced him to pit.
ALEIX ESPARGARÒ (bike no. 41): "I'm very disappointed, but these things happen in racing. I started well, but in the early stages of the race, everyone was very aggressive. A rider ahead of me was on a bit of a strange line, going wide and then coming back in, and that threw off both Quartararo and me.
I'm comforted by the fact that I was consistently competitive, in every session an in every condition. In five days, we’ll be back here on the track to make up for it."
LORENZO SAVADORI (bike no. 32): "At the start, I was able to overtake Rabat straight away and I wasn’t pushing too hard. I was waiting for the fuel to drop a bit in order to begin setting my pace.
Unfortunately, I lost the front end at a place where I didn’t expect it. I re-joined, but obviously the bike was not in perfect shape.
I continued, partly to get experience and gather data, until an alarm on the dashboard forced me to retire. It’s obviously a shame, but we’ll have a chance to try again in a few days."