Espargaro: Aprilia MotoGP failures can't be allowed to happen again

Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro says persistent mechanical failures cannot be allowed to happen anymore, after retiring from the MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix with an electronics problem

Espargaro: Aprilia MotoGP failures can't be allowed to happen again

Espargaro was battling Ducati's Danilo Petrucci and on course for a likely top-10 finish when he was forced to peel into the pits two-thirds of the way through the 26-lap Buriram event.

The Aprilia rider says his premature finish to the Thailand race was caused by an electrical issue, and hit out at the RS-GP's constant failures, adding that they cannot be allowed to happen again because Aprilia is a "big brand".

"It was an electronic failure," he explained.

"The gearbox was not working, the engine brake was completely locked and I had no control of the throttle.

"It was almost impossible to arrive to the pit box.

"We have to keep working in a better way, try to understand what happened during the race.

"We've had a couple of problems this year already, technically.

"This cannot happen. It cannot happen because we are a big brand, and this cannot happen anymore.

"I hope we can finish the season in a better way, and for me next season is crucial, so I can't wait to work with the new bike and see if it's better."

Espargaro, who has openly spoken of his frustration at the way Aprilia's 2019 season has unfolded, cut a dejected and disconsolate figure in the pitlane after retiring.

"It sounds not good when somebody says he is doing a very good job about himself, but I feel like this," he said.

"I feel that I am riding very good and I am stressing the RS-GP at the maximum level possible.

"My team-mate [Andrea Iannone, who finished 15th] is a very fast guy and you can see that difference between me and him in just 18 laps.

"I'm very proud how I am riding, how I am managing the race, but it is not depending on me, if the bike stops [there's] nothing I can do. I was very frustrated."

The Buriram DNF marked at least the eighth time that Espargaro has retired from a race due to a technical issue since having joined Aprilia in 2017.

When it was put to him by Autosport that he was encountering mechanical failures considerably more often than his peers on the MotoGP grid, Espargaro said: "I was thinking exactly the same - especially in the race.

"Sometimes you can use an old engine on Friday and [a failure] can happen, but on the race you cannot see that. I am very unlucky."

shares
comments
'Sometimes my best is disappointing' - Lorenzo on 2019 nightmare

Previous article

'Sometimes my best is disappointing' - Lorenzo on 2019 nightmare

Next article

Why Rossi thinks Yamaha would be "crazy" not to sign Quartararo

Why Rossi thinks Yamaha would be "crazy" not to sign Quartararo
Load comments
How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda Plus

How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda

There once was a time when Honda controlled any young rider who emerged in motorcycling, but its market dominance has now swung to the side of MotoGP rival KTM and, to a lesser extent Ducati. Could this development have significant ramifications for the future?

MotoGP
Oct 12, 2021
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Plus

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream” Plus

The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream”

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Plus

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Plus

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest Plus

How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino Grand Prix will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP’s present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia’s flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Plus

How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Plus

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021