MotoGP Austria: Aprilia misses qualification but resumes in the raceMotoGP | Championship | Grand Prix | Espargaro | Lowes | Aprilia | RS-GP | Red Bull Ring | Austria | MotoGp 2017
Week end endured since qualifying for Aprilia team. Espargarò, who departed from the twentieth box, built a lapse after lap, demonstrating the potential of the rider and the RS-GP in a race that is not easy in the technical and sporting terms. During the warm-up of Sunday morning the technicians set up a motorcycle that the Spanish has exploited in the best possible way in the race after the first touring laps in the last positions. Lowes accused teammate of tire degradation and closed in twentieth place. Nevertheless, Aprilia is confirmed by the fourth team builder, capable of technical choices (first of all the wings of fairing wings) different from their opponents. At this point, filed the Grand Prize of Austria, he looks proactively at the next appointment on the Silverstone English track. "I suffered a lot, especially at the beginning when I found myself practically last," Espargarò said. "We were struggling in low speed accelerations, so I had to retrieve the terrain off." After a few laps I started to feel better by surpassing many drivers and setting A good step.The final position does not satisfy me, we have the potential to stay a lot further, but I think the real problem has been the qualification of yesterday.It leave the twentieth, in a circuit like this, makes it all the more difficult We picked up points , It is obviously not our goal but in the path of growth an unlucky race can be '. The problem of Lowes' race that suffered the loss of grip on soft tires: "The first part of the race was the best since I was in Aprilia. Both my position and rhythm I was not away from my teammate, and I was Unfortunately we chose the wrong back rubber, with the soft at the beginning I felt good but then the grip collapsed and, basically, I had to handle the last 12 laps to see the checkered flag.Sorry for the result but it is, For us, another very important lesson on weekend management. Now I think of my home race, Silverstone, where the motivations will be very high. " Below is the statement by Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager, explaining where the mistake was made that also prevented the race: "The weekend went off well on Friday, while on Saturday we chose a technical road at the level of motorcycle regulation He did not give us the answers he hoped for, and this made the qualifying, in the warm-up we returned to a standard setting that Aleix knows well and the performance is restored. Weekend, which Aleix had to learn to know in the first rounds. The final performance is obviously not in line with our level, but we are hoping to resume our trend already from Silverstone. " Similar statements for Fausto Gresini Team Manager: "It was a tough weekend, but I'm happy with the team's reaction. As we say in jargon we extracted the rabbit from the cylinder, sin for the starting position of Aleix and for the first laps where We lost ground. Going to points on a weekend like this I see it as a good result, albeit below what our chances are. "