Aleix Espargaro’s eventful Qatar MotoGP weekend came to an early conclusion when the factory Aprilia rider retired on lap 6 of the grand prix.
The Spaniard, Aleix Espargaro, had a challenging race starting from 16th due to a penalty and nursing a leg fracture. Although he attempted to race on Sunday after a medical check, the swelling in his leg made it difficult for him to change gears, resulting in his retirement outside of the points. Espargaro explained that the fracture was not the main issue, but rather the amount of blood causing arm pump-like sensations. He expressed disappointment because he had been strong throughout the weekend and immediately felt something break when hit by Miguel Oliveira. Despite this setback, Espargaro plans to try again in Valencia.
In contrast, his teammate, Maverick Vinales, had a more successful race, moving up from ninth to nearly reach the podium. Vinales highlighted the team’s progress in finding the best balance for the RS-GP during the weekend, which he believes is a positive development. However, the need to recover ground in qualifying and at the start complicates achieving the desired results in terms of pace. Vinales emphasized the importance of improving these aspects for the upcoming season.
Currently, Espargaro is in sixth place in the world championship, trailing Johann Zarco by just 6 points. Vinales, on the other hand, is now in eighth place and only 8 points behind Espargaro.