Espargaro: “I know that I have a better bike than Pecco, I was very angry…”
Despite starting the race in third place, Aprilia Racing rider Espargaro thrilled the home crowd by overtaking Bagnaia and securing a dominant victory with a impressive lap time. However, Espargaro couldn’t help but feel frustrated with his qualifying performance, believing that his bike was better suited to the Catalan circuit than Bagnaia’s Ducati. He acknowledged Bagnaia’s high level of riding and disagreed with the tendency to solely credit the bike for good or bad results. Espargaro highlighted the strengths of his bike in terms of traction and speed in fast corners but acknowledged the need to improve in other areas. He credited his own riding style, which emphasizes leaning on the side of the tire, for his success at Catalunya. Despite not preferring this style, he recognized its benefits on tracks where traction is crucial. He also emphasized the importance of the bike’s ability to turn by itself, which he believed the Aprilia excelled at compared to other bikes on the grid.