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THE FIRST RACE IN VALENCIA DOES NOT SMILE ON TEAM APRILIA

What could have been a good race on the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, given 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 ESPARGARO’
“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
“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.”

THE FIRST RACE IN VALENCIA DOES NOT SMILE ON TEAM APRILIA - Gresini Racing
THE FIRST RACE IN VALENCIA DOES NOT SMILE ON TEAM APRILIA - Gresini Racing

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