MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro showed an incredible short circuit at the end of the Catalan Grand Prix. At the finish of the penultimate lap, he began to rejoice in second place and only after long seconds did he realize that he was still racing. He dropped to fifth place, nine points lost, he can still regret him a lot in the fight for the title of world champion.
24. The 32-year-old Spaniard will probably remember this number for the rest of his life. So many laps are measured by the MotoGP race in Barcelona, in which he literally made a school mistake.
In the finish of the 23rd round, Espargaro began to rejoice in second place. He waved to the fans, greeted the marshals, took it over the curb, and slowed significantly. Only after a while did he notice that all the other opponents were moving at full throttle. But it was too late. He returned to the race in sixth place, only Italian Luu Marini was able to overtake the finish line.
But the fifth place for which any rider would be grateful was a big loss for him in his life season. The leader of the series, Fabio Quartararo, won. The French defending champion thus increased his lead in front of the elder from the Espargar brothers’ pair to 22 points.
The Spaniard lost nine of them on Sunday through his own fault. “Sorry, that’s all I could tell the people on the boxing team. It was a mistake that can’t be made in this category,” said the angry rider after the race.
“It’s just my fault. The information board on the box wall was too close to the first turn, so I didn’t have time to read all the information on it. I only felt ahead of Jorg Martin and I watched the remaining laps on the countdown above the circuit,” he explained. Espargaro.
And that was the problem. In Barcelona, mileage is deducted differently than on most lines. So the number one on the indicator does not mean the end of the race, but the riders have to reach zero.
As a result of this mistake, a native of the suburbs of Barcelona “gasped” at the end of the finish line at his Aprilia, which suddenly lost eight seconds. And this is a loss that simply cannot be made up in the last round.
The championship is only halfway ahead of it, so the rider who finally achieved his premier victory in the elite MotoGP class this year still believes in the title. “To beat Fabia (Quartarara), I must not make mistakes that cost me points,” added Espargaro.
The factory driver Yamaha Quartarar in the Grand Prix of Catalonia played in the notes and other outages of his pursuers. Italians Enea Bastianini and Francesco Bagnaia and home rider Alex Rins did not score at all, Brad Binder from South Africa finished eighth. On the contrary, the French driver Johann Zarco, who rose to third place, took the third place.