Aprilia MotoGP 2019 End Of Season Bulletin
Aprillia MotoGP Bulletin 19/19: Aleix closes with another top ten in Valencia
There are those who anxiously await it, and those who would rather never see it, but there’s no escaping it: the last GP of the season has come, and it always has a special flavour. The minds of the riders, the teams and us fans are filled with the accounts from 9 months of fire, jockeying for position with expectations for the upcoming season, but in the end what takes place in Valencia is a race, and the only thing that counts is to face it with head held high. So put down your visor, clear your mind and hit the gas, and that is exactly what the riders from Aprilia Racing Team Gresini MotoGP did, giving us the last gasps of excitement from this 2019 season!
Our Espargaró won another top ten slot, closing the race in Valencia in ninth place after what we can ironically label the “battle of the brothers”. One is his biological brother Pol, whom Aleix was able to follow and in the end beat to the finish line, while the other is his “Aprilia brother” Andrea, whom he duelled against until The Maniac’s crash in the final lap.
Iannone had a great race: he started off in twentieth place and was able to progress all the way to the top ten, reaching and finally passing the Espargaró brothers. While this trio battled for ninth place, and we at #bearacer club were already expecting a double top-ten finish, Andrea crashed out just a few turns from the finish line. We still have the satisfaction of having flexed our muscles from the very first turns, with a great show and a race that surpassed anything that seemed possible at the start of the weekend.
As is now tradition, the closing race of the world championship was a special occasion for Aprilia Racing: the RS-GPs took to the circuit in a beautiful completely red (RED) livery to support the organisation founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006 to combat the spread of HIV. Over the last three years, the Piaggio Group’s partnership with (RED) has provided more than one million days of treatment to prevent the transmission of the virus from mothers to their children at birth.
So, one curtain falls, but another is immediately raised: indeed, on #bearacer club we will not stop talking about MotoGP, and with us the winter will be shorter than you think!
Thanks for cheering on the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini with us! Thanks for being part of #bearacer club!
“After a weekend with a lot of crashes, I was very cautious in the race. Finishing this long season well was important and I am pleased that I managed to do that. The track conditions were very treacherous today too. I saw other riders ahead of me crash as soon as they tried to increase the pace. Overall, finishing in the top ten is a good result for me and for the guys on the team who have worked hard all season.”
“I am rather happy with the race today. In spite of starting from very far back, I was able to recover a lot of positions and engage in a fun battle with my teammate for the top ten. Compared to yesterday and Friday, we were able to find a good pace, although the front tyre temperature dropped quickly when I was leading the group. In the direction change between turn 9 and 10, I pushed a bit harder to defend my position and I crashed. It’s a pity about the final result, but we had a good race all the way down to the last lap.”
CREDIT: Bulletin information taken from bearacer club website https://bearacerclub.aprilia.com/