Superb race for Aleix Espargaro at Assen, 4th after great battle for podium
The NGM Forward Racing rider Aleix Espargaro made a great performance in difficult conditions at Assen, famous in the world as the “Cathedral”.
In a race which started after a delay due to wet conditions, Espargaro was among the protagonists since the first lap, maintaining the third position for 6 laps behind Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso.
The track gradually dried and both Aleix and Colin entered the pit lane to change bike with dry set up. Aleix was able to ride with a good pace, maintaining the third position for other 10 laps fighting hard with Dani Pedrosa for the podium.
Aleix was very strong under braking, while Dani was overtaking him on the straight, and he finally finished with a well-deserved 4th position and as first open.
The NGM Forward racing rider leaves Assen with a pole position, a 4th place and the 6th position in the championship with 67 points.
“It was a great race and the battle with Dani Pedrosa on a factory Honda was hard but it was good fun. On the wet I was cautious so I lost the contact with Andrea (Dovizioso), but with the dry set up I pushed hard to fight for the podium. We had a very good battle with Dani: he was overtaking me on the straight and I passed him in the corners. It’s a pity, but I’m happy with this result. We gained important point for the championship and now we are 6th. We leave Assen happy with the results and we will return stronger in Sachsenring”.
Source: NGM Forward Racing