"I started well, but unfortunately, during the first lap Zarco made some pretty bold contact, causing me to lose time. In terms of pace, I had plenty to battle with Pol and Pirro in the top 10, but despite feeling very good today, I struggled to overtake. It’s a pity. Without the initial contact, a top-ten finish would most certainly have been within our potential. The conditions were demanding today. It was very hot and there wasn’t much grip and, considering our starting position, the 20-second gap behind the leader is a good result."
ALEIX, HINDERED BY CONTACT AT THE RACE START, JUST MISSES A TOP-TEN FINISH, ANDREA RIDES A GREAT COMEBACK FROM BEHIND
As always, the race has the final say on how a MotoGP weekend has gone. And so, the Aprilias were able to come back after difficult qualifiers, both finishing in the points and, especially in Andrea’s case, taking home important indications for the growth of the RS-GP project.
Starting well from the fifth row, but the victim of contact on the first lap, Aleix found himself in a position where he had to come back from 18th place. He did it, establishing a much better feeling with his Aprilia than he had in practice but, despite having a much better pace, he struggled to get past Lorenzo. By the time he succeeded, it was too late to try for better positions that were not that far off. In any case, he finished with a respectable 11th place and sensations that were decidedly more positive than the day before.
Andrea was not intimidated by his starting position and, also aided by a few crashes, began the hunt for a points finish straight away. In the end, his efforts paid off, duelling long and hard with Mir, Zarco and Oliveira and finishing ahead of the latter two. This resumes the path that Andrea had begun which was put on hold with his injury in Jerez.
"I am rather satisfied, especially with the pace in the early part of the race. Starting so far behind, I was able to battle and make up a lot of ground, even on Aleix who is certainly my point of reference. Unfortunately, on the final laps with Mir and Zarco, we held one another up, losing time and also letting those who were behind us get close. This was clearly not the Mugello I expected, but our goal is long-term - to get to know the bike better and better and to develop it."