NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro continued his domination of the Open class at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.
The eldest Espargaro brother was one of 14 riders to start from pit lane in Germany after a hectic start to the race, heavily influenced by a pre-race shower.
Espargaro had a cautious start to the race, not wishing to push too hard through Turns 12 and 13, which were still quite wet. As the track dried Espargaro’s pace improved, the Spaniard eventually finishing in sixth position.
Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) was just ahead in fifth, but Aleix was able to finish ahead of his brother Pol on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 satellite bike. Espargaro heads into the summer break sixth overall, 20 points behind Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).
Reflecting on round nine, he said, “It was a crazy race with a chaotic start. In the warm up lap we saw that the track was drying quickly so I decided to enter the pit and change bike from wet-setup to dry. The start from the pit lane was a sort of ‘motocross style’ and I enjoyed the race, but I made a mistake choosing the softer compound for the front. In two laps the track was completely dry and in the second part of the race I struggled a lot because the front tire dropped. It’s a pity because I had the pace to fight with Jorge and Valentino.”
“Anyway I’m satisfied with today’s result and happy to leave Germany with sixth place in the Championship. Now I will enjoy some holidays at the seaside to recharge the batteries for a strong second part of the season.”
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