The Noale-based producer has a rider in Espargaro that has not solely taken their first victory within the MotoGP period [Argentina], however somebody who’s became a severe title contender in 2022.
Yet, Espargaro stays with out a contract whereas latest hypothesis has indicated Aprilia have lowballed the Spaniard.
Clearly not impressed, Espargaro said his choice is to remain at Aprilia, however that ‘I will not wait forever’.
Speaking after his third place in qualifying, Espargaro stated: “I don’t really know what to say. It doesn’t depend on me. I’ve said many times that I want to stay with Aprilia, but I don’t really understand what’s going on.
“It makes me a bit unhappy, sincerely. Every race is somewhat bit extra however I can not management this. It is what it’s, however for certain, I can’t wait eternally.”
Overtaking ‘very difficult’ – Espargaro. Has MotoGP lost its ‘show’ factor?
Following the recent aerodynamic advances made relating to downforce that’s provided by winglets and holeshot devices, has MotoGP become less entertaining?
While the premier class is as competitive as it’s ever been in terms of lap times and manufacturers that can win, overtaking has become more and more difficult in 2022 due to tyre pressures going through the roof when following another rider.
Espargaro believes a lot of crashes are happening based on riders being unable to overtake despite having a clear pace advantage, even if Le Mans presents opportunities to do so.
Espargaro added: “The observe has some overtaking factors, quite a bit, however the observe isn’t the issue. It’s how the championship is and the way these bikes react.
“Overtaking [here] is okay, I think you can overtake in this circuit, but the problem is when you get close to the bikes in front of you. It increases the tyre pressure and you have to brake earlier, if not you crash.
“It’s very simple at this second; as you noticed in Portimao with Jack [Miller] and Joan [Mir], it’s very simple that this occurs.
“By braking two meters later to overtake the guy in front of you, you just lose the front. It’s very difficult to overtake now.”
While Le Mans could also be a circuit that gives alternatives to move, flip one has been an issue for a lot of riders as we noticed with Johann Zarco and Marco Bezzecchi, who ran by way of the gravel at extremely excessive speeds and will have suffered terrible crashes.
The gravel in Le Mans is comparatively small in comparison with some circuits which helped each riders, however for Jack Miller who has crashed twice this weekend, the Ducati rider is not sure if modifications to that part will be made primarily based on the format.
Miller stated: “For sure, the cuts at turn one, I’ve been there twice this weekend; I didn’t go as fast as Zarco and was able to brake the bike a little more early. But for sure it’s not easy. You’re trying to take as much of the track as possible and get the line right, but for example today, I hit the brakes on the white line and lost the front.
“If you’ve got asphalt there then you will have the wall to be one other 200 metres away since you’re not stopping.
“I have to say, the Le Mans circuit itself after testing the gravel twice this weekend already, it has fantastic gravel. It’s fantastic compared to other circuits. I mean that in a serious way because again today my boys worked a miracle to get the bike I crashed at turn seven; was not one of the best points to crash, but they had the bike ready to go in Q1 and I used the bike in Q2.
“If that had occurred in a spot like Jerez or Portimao the place the gravel is like boulders, then it’s a distinct story for each myself and the bike.”