Aprilia MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro has vented his frustration at his team’s lack of competitiveness, saying he can’t tolerate another bad season in 2019.

After his surprise run to sixth in Aragon last month, Espargaro ended up 13th in last weekend’s Buriram race, and crossed the line 21 seconds behind the winner, Marc Marquez.

The Spaniard said he was not being proud of his result despite feeling it was the best possible for the Noale marque on a track that showed the weak points of the RS-GP bike.

One of the main complaints of both Espargaro and teammate Scott Redding has been a lack of power – Buriram has two long straights in the first sector, and that meant a permanent deficit – in addition to poor rear grip.

“It has been a very frustrating year,” said Espargaro. “I am a super-positive person but both Redding and I keep complaining about the same problems, and yet we don’t improve.

“We knew we would struggle [in Thailand] because we are lacking quite a lot in terms of engine power and we’ve been having grip problems so far.


Aleix discusses tyre choice with Michelin Engineers, Thailand 2018