The Aprilia rider does not understand why he crashed up to five times during the Grand Prix of the US last weekend.
Aleix Espargaró was the only one Aprilia on track in Austin last weekend after his teammate Maverick Viñales missed the grand prix following the tragic death of his 15-year-old cousin Dean Berta Viñales in a crash at the World Supersport 300 race in Jerez One week before.
The Catalan had more problems than most with the potholes of the Circuit of the US with the RS-GP, and was only able to qualify in 19th position on the grid after a crash in Q1.
The Aprilia rider’s problems continued into Sunday’s race and in the ninth of 20 laps he crashed at Turn 13.
That was his fifth crash in three days in the United States, leaving Espargaró furious and looking for answers, as he believes that the Aprilia should not have been more affected by potholes than the rest of the bikes.
“I’m very frustrated, it’s been a nightmare, honestly,” Espargaró said after his fourth retirement in 2021.
“Actually, my frustration is very high because I don’t have a clear answer to the question. Obviously the potholes didn’t help, my bike was very, very difficult to ride, but the potholes were there for everyone.”
“You can go more or less fast on one track or another. I finished first in the Misano test, so maybe we can go to another track where we can fight for eighth place. But more or less the level is always similar. But I couldn’t find my way on this track.”
“I was not pushing so hard in the race, because the goal was to finish, get a couple of points and go home. So I started to overtake some drivers: Franco Morbidelli, Iker Lecuona, Andrea Dovizioso, Alex Marquez. But my pace was not fast, I was losing a second compared to the heads, or even more, and I fell again “.
“I have no explanation. I am very sorry for my team, because five crashes is a lot. And having only one Aprilia in America and falling five times and going home with no points is not good. So I’m angry, but I hope we can find one. explanation. We can forget this weekend, the season has been very good, but I need an explanation.”