Espargaro ran within the podium locations from the beginning in Sunday’s 20-lap Silverstone race and fended off Ducati’s Jack Miller on the ultimate lap to secure his first MotoGP podium since 2014 in third.
It additionally considerably marked Aprilia’s first podium of the fashionable MotoGP period and it’s first because the 500cc premier class period at Phillip Island in 2000.
All of this comes simply two weeks after Aprilia confirmed it had signed Maverick Vinales for 2022 following his suspension and supreme ousting from Yamaha following the Austria double-header.
Many had questioned Vinales’ choice to initially stop Yamaha on the finish of 2021 in favour of the RS-GP, however Espargaro says his British GP outcome has confirmed to the world and to Vinales that his Aprilia transfer just isn’t “10 steps again”.
“Relating to Maverick, sure, clearly if any individual instructed you in the beginning of the season that you’ll end with Yamaha and you’ll go to Aprilia, you’ll say it’s 10 steps again,” Espargaro stated.
“However clearly the best way he completed with Yamaha just isn’t good, nevertheless it’s not that unhealthy as a result of the Aprilia is a aggressive bike.
“We’re nonetheless not on the degree of the Yamaha, that’s for positive, however we’re on the best way and I believe he’ll take pleasure in using the Aprilia.
“Yeah, he must adapt as a result of it’s a very totally different story to Yamaha, however as I confirmed as we speak the bike is on the best way.”
Race winner Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Manufacturing unit Racing, second place Alex Rins, Staff Suzuki MotoGP, third place Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Staff Gresini
Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Commenting on his last lap battle with Miller to carry onto the rostrum, Espargaro admits he made a mistake in his strategy as he was too targeted on attempting to catch Suzuki’s Alex Rins in second.
“Within the final lap I made a giant mistake as a result of I used to be targeted simply with Alex to attempt to assault him for second place and I didn’t actually care about who was coming,” Espargaro added.
“And this was an enormous mistake as a result of I opened the door on the final chicane [into Village].
“However I believe as we speak I rode fairly clean, fairly intelligent, saving rear tyre so I had extra traction than Jack.
“After which I used to be in a position to get again my third place, however as we speak the rostrum was mine, so I used to be totally satisfied.”