The Spaniard, as he had predicted on the eve, reduced the disadvantage from Fabio who forgave to less than a GP: “He is a correct rider, too bad because with this pace I would have won”
Sent to Assen (Holland) Mario Salvini
Perhaps there was another champion in the MotoGP of past years, and in the midst of so many phenomena he had gone unnoticed. Or maybe it’s just that we don’t all have the same times, some things come naturally, others need reflections, repetitions, maturation. For Aleix Espargaro, a mix of the two must apply. Because it is true that in the last few seasons he had been busy growing the Aprilia that he married in a closed box and then transforming her into a fascinating bride. But he won’t come up with a masterpiece race like the one he managed yesterday if you’re not a formidable driver. Aleix is so on the ball that he even functions as a prophet. Two phrases of his symbol on the eve of Assen. The premiere on Friday: “Quartararo has something more in terms of speed, but when he goes so fast it’s easy to make a mistake.” The second: “I would like to go on vacation with less than one GP disadvantage from him …”. You feel like asking him the numbers of the Superenalotto, because, however unlikely, both events took place. “It’s just that they are among the oldest in the paddock …”, he smiled. Before seeing the first prediction come true, Aleix had already been really good at sprinting off well, in front of Quartararo who started a row in front. And then voilà: the Frenchman, on lap 5, really crashed, and as he fell he mowed him down.
FRIENDS ON TRACK AND OFF The two are friends, neighbors in Andorra. Espargaro’s children, Mia and Max (the boy yesterday in the pits in an impeccable onesie copy of his father’s), call Quartararo “uncle Fabio”. No train, therefore, indeed Fabio in the end went to hug him and apologize. “He is a correct driver – said Espargaro – but I know that he works like this, not out of sufficiency or presumption: the more confident you are, the more you risk…”. He, Aleix, was good at staying balanced on the gravel. Only at that point he was 15th. Not bad: he got back on the furious hunt and gradually came back up: “I said to myself:“ either I make good points or I fall. ”It ended that the points were even more beautiful than the best aspiration. On the last lap he was 6th and it already seemed like a triumph. Instead, after looking away from the triumphant Bagnaia, everyone realized that Aleix finished fourth, without even imagining how it was possible. That is with a magical double overtaking on Jack Miller and Brad Binder. “I was the fastest, my bike was spectacular – he later said – I could win and I think I will be able to fight for the championship.” Yes, because with the 13 points captured he goes from 34 to 21, less than a GP. As per the prophecy.
TARGETS And therefore the title, unthinkable until two months ago, remains within reach. Thanks also new fairing “which helped”. And maybe with the support of Maverick Viñales. “I am happy first of all for him, he deserves the podium. And also because he will be useful in the fight with Fabio”. “I’ll work for him,” said Maverick beaming, at peace with himself and the world (“I have a great family, a great team, I couldn’t ask for more”). And it’s not just about trying to place yourself between his captain and Fabio’s Yamaha. “We will exchange data and advice on our respective strengths, We will still improve”.