Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro usually expresses his opinion unfiltered and wants to make a contribution to making MotoGP safer and better.
The new generation of young drivers is often accused of avoiding sensitive topics in order not to offend their employers, fans or colleagues. One driver to whom this does not apply is Aleix Espargaro.
At 32, however, the Spanish driver is not part of the next MotoGP generation. Espargaro likes to use his standing to convey clear opinions and points of view. The fact that he doesn’t make himself popular with everyone doesn’t bother him.
Why is Espargaro a representative of clear messages? “It is very important to me. I am one of the most experienced drivers. I think I should give my point of view if it is important to do that,” he said.
Due to the fatal accidents in the junior classes, the topic of safety came back into focus. Espargaro always gave a clear opinion. “The fatal accidents this year made me very sad. I found it difficult to deal with. I think twice about whether to continue or not when something like this happens,” he admits.
“If I can help even 0.1 percent to improve something, then I’ll do it too. I know that there are many ideas to limit the consequences of the falls,” explains Espargaro, who is in constant contact with Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta is standing and has promised to help if possible.
“I told Carlos that I was ready to help. I think they have very clever people on the team who can help improve the rules. But these people are not MotoGP riders. It’s always good to to connect both worlds and to discuss the ideas together to see whether they can work, “explains the Aprilia pilot.
“Great improvements have already been made in the safety equipment, the leather suits and the helmets. I’m delighted about that,” said the Spanish driver. “MotoGP has to be a role model for the small classes.”