Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro Praises Ducati Dominance Despite Injury
Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team rider, had a commendable performance during the Italian Grand Prix despite battling through an injury. The Spaniard sustained a heel injury from a cycling accident at Mugello last weekend but qualified in eighth place and held on to it for the sprint.
In contrast, Ducati riders dominated the race weekend with Francesco Bagnaia taking pole position, winning both races and setting the fastest lap. The Italian brand locked out all of the rostrum spots in both contests – proving once again their dominance in MotoGP.
Espargaro was impressed by how effortlessly Ducati riders rode during qualifying sessions and races. He said: “The thing I hate most is how easy you see how they ride… It looked like a Formula 1 [car], with stability they have.”
The Spaniard acknowledged his surprise about his grand prix form given his foot injury that affected him badly during FP1. However, he noted that regardless of his injury status, Aprilia could not match up competitively against Ducatis.
“I couldn’t ride [after FP1], it was crazy pain that I had. But we didn’t have competitiveness to match the Ducatis,”
Espargaro also disclosed that he would be visiting hospitals for more tests since doctors do not comprehend why there is so much pain and blood despite no broken bone or any other visible cause. Perhaps it’s related to ligaments or something else entirely?