Aleix Espargaró crashed in the early stages of the Valencia GP, a race troubled by the rain – and decimated by the numerous crashes – which also forced officials to wave the red flag and schedule a second start for the riders who had managed to stay in the saddle.
After a weekend consistently among the best, in warm up Aleix confirmed his performance with a brilliant second place time, demonstrating his competitiveness in the wet and the progress made by the RS-GP evolution brought to the race in the final rounds of the championship. Starting from the eighth spot on the grid, Aleix maintained the position, preparing for a race which, in heavy rainfall, promised to be long and difficult.
However, on the third laps, the asphalt conditions betrayed him and his race ended early in the gravel. It is an outcome that leaves a bitter taste because of a result that went up in smoke and which, given the trend throughout the weekend, would have been well within his potential.
“I am angry because today we had a great opportunity. We showed that we were strong and competitive throughout the weekend, even in the warm up session. With good sensations, a good pace, consistent and fast in the wet. With that rain, I tried to be careful in the early laps and maintain my position, anticipating a race that was sure to be very long. I had a high side on turn three, which is a bad place to crash, but the track conditions were really at the limit and visibility was practically zero. I think that the red flag should come out before the riders start crashing and that it should be used to prevent the accidents.”
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