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Aleix Espargaró seeks to reinforce his leadership in the return of Marc Márquez

Marquez had to keep rest but after testing with a 600 cc motorcycle in the Alcarrás circuit of Lleida, he has decided to go to an appointment that is always very much to his liking.

after three races there is no clear leaderwith three different winnersone more reason why Marc Márquez has decided, after verifying that his vision is optimal, to return to competition, since he is in fifteenth position, 34 points behind the leader, with eighteen grand prix still ahead of him, which allows you to be optimistic in all aspects.

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Marc Marquez and Jorge Martin. EFE

The Repsol Honda rider counts for victories -except on one occasion in 2019 when he crashed and another Spaniard won, alex rins (Suzuki GSX RR)- and that is an added reason for his return in a scenario so favorable to his interests and in which he probably should not push his bike and performance to the limits of physics.

The new leader of the competition is the Spaniard Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia RS-GP), which made history last weekend in Argentina by achieve his first victory in the queen category after 200 grand prizes played and also the first for the manufacturer from Noale, with the added prize of having been the fastest in practice and also the fastest in the race in terms of laps around the circuit.

Aleix Espargaró has been the third to win so far this season as the Italian Enea Bastianini (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) did it before in Qatar and the South African Brad Binder (KTM RC 16) in Indonesia, which gives an idea of ​​how open that the competition has begun in the queen category of motorcycling, in MotoGP.

Aprilia rider demonstrated in Argentina a potential of the highest level as he dominated in training almost in the same way that he did in the race, revealing that both he and Noale’s RS-GP prototype are in a position to stand up to all their rivals, rivals who do not always have it all with them.

Another positive point, in addition to Aleix Espargaró’s victory was the “growth” of his new teammate, Maverick Vinaleswhich finished in a creditable seventh position, which could have been much better because until the last lap he was fifth, but which in any case shows that Viñales’ adaptation to the Aprilia is on the right track after leaving Yamaha in the middle of Last season.

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The value of Maverick Viñales as a rider is beyond any doubt, so what is necessary now will be to see how quickly he begins to “squeeze” all the potential of the Aprilia RS-GP that Aleix Espargaró has already shown that Noale’s bike has.

While Suzuki, with Alex Rins and Joan Mir, and Aprilia, were with all their riders at the top, in the case of Ducati their situation is beginning to be worrying as their two official riders, the Italian Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia and the Australian Jack Miller they are not performing at the level expected of them and to this is added the decision to opt for last year’s prototype with some improvements instead of choosing the 2022 prototype, which does have the Spanish Jorge Martín, the only factory driver from Borgo Panigale who is performing at an optimal level, even though he is ninth in the world championship.

Martín, among the Ducati riders, is only surpassed by the Italian Enea Bastianini, also with a 2021 motorcycle, thanks to his unexpected victory in Qatar, but logic suggests that little by little the transalpine is giving ground both to the riders officials such as those of the Pramac satellite team, whose riders have two 2022 motorcycles and direct factory assistance, something that with the passing of the grand prix has to be noticed, a lot.

The Yamaha riders are in worse conditions because until now the only one to “show their faces” and fight for the top positions was the world champion in title, the French Fabio Quartararo, but his performance in Argentina, rather, the performance of the motorcycle in Termas de Río Hondo, left a lot to be desired and surely his eighth position did not satisfy anyone and will have set off “alarms” in search of quick and effective solutions that allow Quartararo to defend his title in conditions.

Nor were the Honda riders brilliant either, who had their best representative, Pol Espargaró, in the member of the official Repsol Honda squad, until he made a mistake and crashed. His angry face was the best expression of the disappointment experienced and the reason why I am sure he will look hard to turn that situation around at COTA, a track that fits the Repsol Honda RC 213 like a glove. v.

In a similar situation are the KTM riders, the South African Brad Binder and the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira. One of lime and one of sand could be defined, so in their case they should look for the necessary regularity to always be on top with a stable consistency of their RC 16 prototype.

Alex Márquez (Honda RC 213 V) and Raúl Fernández (KTM RC 16) continue to need an “extra” motivation, both technical and human, in order to take a step forward that will allow them to improve positions in the world championship standings.


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