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‘There will come a time when you have to take risks’, confirms Alex Espargaro



The outlook is Aleix Espargaro The latest results, especially the final race in Aragon, saw him back on the podium after three months, and Fabio Quartararo’s zero saw him slash many points from the leaders, reaching 17 points in the last five races.

“The podium was good, it gave me motivation and I’m happy with my performance. I was sixth on a difficult circuit and I managed in Aragon this weekend after missing Q2 with two crashes. It wasn’t easy and it was great to be on the podium,” he recalled.

What concerns Aprilia’s weak point, braking after straights? This weekend, the Granollers man stressed: “It’s been a while since I raced here at Motegi, but it’s a course I like, and anything is possible. The weather doesn’t look like it’s going to get better, so I’ll do my best to adapt.” It’s going to be good and it’s going to be a tough weekend.”

Both Bagnaia and Quartararo have raced big bikes at Motegi only once, and he is more specialized. “It’s not that important, it’s not even a plus. I watched the 2019 race and Fabio’s race was very good. He was one second behind Marc in his rookie year. They also fought in the lower categories. We also think the bike has a new shell and new elements so it will be something completely new for everyone.

In response to the traditional question for the man from Aprilia, whether he feels pressured because it’s his first time playing a title, he said: I’ve been on the podium in every race and realized I had a chance to fight for this title till the end, so I started to feel the pressure. Whether I was playing or playing games, I spent time with my family – every moment of this year I will never forget in my life. I’m just trying to do what I’ve been doing since Qatar: don’t make mistakes, enjoy yourself and relax. ”

“Okay, it’s more fun to be a little confused. The last pre-event here was fun, but yes, MotoGP is MotoGP and anything can happen. For example, Fabio’s crash on the first lap in Aragon makes it He said, “He was leading the championship and fighting all the time in Aragon. Then he ran a very fast pace and fell during the race. So anything can happen. Try to relax and manage everything in the most positive way possible.” We’ll see what happens. I have a lot of new things to work on this weekend, I haven’t raced in Japan for a long time, the calendar has changed, the weather has changed, so I’m sure it will be fun.”

worldIn a huddle with the Spanish press highlighted by Alex He is “very patient and regular, but there will come a time when you have to take risks to win”. Because they brought me up to 50 points, we have to attack, but now we have to carry on the same way,” he explained.

Espargaro did not pay particular attention to the characteristics of the circuit. He said: “This circuit is a little bit …. Look how fast Fabio was in Austria. It’s the best for the tires and the situation. Motegi is a very special circuit and it rains so on Sunday The choice of rear tire is almost blind and with it tires make more of a difference than good or bad on a bike. Really a very tactical week.

“I don’t see any weaknesses in the red bike Ducati. I think Yamaha has the worst engine of the three, but Fabio has a lot of consistency and a lot of cornering and a lot of agility and that’s what I like about Yamaha. What I didn’t remember from is a lot of agility in turns, I think Fabio is the best in turns, Aprilia is neither, it’s neither the best nor the worst, stability under braking in high speed corners Excellent motorcycle, revs very well, probably better than the Ducati, the engine is worse than the Ducati, better than the Yamaha, in the middle, but the bike to beat now is the Ducati, by far the best I think it’s a bike from

Management of Bastianini by Ducati, key

“A month ago we all said that Ducati has an army of soldiers against Fabio and me. And now it seems that the enemy is at Ducati’s house. How they manage it Let’s see if it’s possible to be a champion, and it has to be managed, someone has to manage it from above. I think Fabio has the most to lose. He’s the leader. And he’s the world champion, ”claims the Aprilia rider.

a Fabio Quatararo During this part of the season, he said, “I didn’t see him touched, but he has to feel the pressure.” I feel like I have the worst bike out there…he has that feeling; the championship is going to be fun.”

The player from Granollers saw his regularity as one of the keys to the success of the Aprilia-Espargaro binomial. “Austria was actually one of the proudest weekends for me to come home, where I finished 6th, but I left very proud. Pecco has his 300 wins in races and he’s riding in my points. Those difficult days I had to know how to accept what happened to me, I couldn’t beat him that day and I had to come in 5th or 6th. I made two rooms. And when they couldn’t accept it, the people in front of them collapsed. ”

“My point at Misano is not that the bike is not working, it is me who is not working in Misano. It’s been shown.. That circuit has always cost me a lot of money.I don’t understand how to go fast there.What I want to say about the circuit is that today’s bikes are virtually It’s that it works well everywhere.In Australia the bike is at a higher level.It’s what we have here, but the difference isn’t huge,” he explained of his failure at the second Italian race.

For the rest of the season, Aleix Espargaro said he believes he will be quick at every circuit. “Maybe it’s the tie that I’m a bit more suspicious of and I don’t know why. There are two very long straights and the Ducati is a missile. Fabio who was behind me the whole time I couldn’t overtake you, you never know what could happen.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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The team fired the mechanic who beat the motorcycle racer during the Grand Prix




A Moto3 racing team mechanic has been sacked after a video appeared on social media showing him beating up British motorcycle racer Tom Booth-Amos during the 2019 Thai Grand Prix, MotoGP said.

In a footage leaked last week, the head mechanic of the Moto3 team argues with a rider and then kicks him repeatedly. The video received wide publicity on social media.

— It became known that the person in question continues to work in the paddock in another team that did not know about this incident. The team decided to fire this employee, who will not return to work after the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Abusive behavior should not and will not be tolerated. All parties will continue to work to make the MotoGP paddock the safest working environment possible.

The Malaysian Grand Prix MotoGP and junior series of road racing will be held from 21 to 23 October.

    Source: Sportbox

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    Ferrari and Mercedes were wrong. Red Bull won’t be penalized for spending ceiling




    According to media reports, Formula 1 was unable to find a significant excess of the spending ceiling set at $145 million per season for the series last season.

    In recent weeks, Mercedes and Ferrari have begun to actively accuse Red Bull that the Bulls have significantly exceeded the spending ceiling for the end of 2021 and should be penalized.

    However, after examining the payrolls of all teams, F-1 issued a decision that no one had committed serious violations. On Wednesday, all teams must receive a certificate that they have managed to invest the budget.

    If an F1 team exceeds the spending limit by 5%, it will face a loss of Constructors’ Championship points as well as fines.

    Red Bull dominated F-1 in the first season after new technical regulations came into effect. Team drivers Max Verstappen and the Bulls can secure driver and team titles after the Japanese Grand Prix.

    Source: Sport UA

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    Honda is coming back for Suzuka and maybe for the whole decade




    Ten months after Honda retired from Formula One, its badge returns to the nose and tail of Red Bull and Alpha Tauri for this three-day Japanese GP and the remaining 4 GPs of the season – but possibly for years to come. Even after 2026.

    Honda’s three-year official factory engine supply to Red Bull Racing, the started 2019 and ended with Max Verstappen’s title at the episodic Abu Dhabi GP in 2021 – but now, after RBR’s “failure” talks with Porsche over the In 2026, the return of the Japanese to the Milton Keynes team was agreed.

    It starts with Honda’s home race – and track – at Suzuka Japan offers a particularly suitable setting for the team over the next three days (October 7-9). celebrates Max Verstappen’s second championship title in a row. The Honda decals They will appear again on the two Red Bull RB22 and the two Alpha Tauri AT03.

    The Honda badge remains on the cars (on the nose and on the engine cover) and in the next 4 GPs until the end of this racing year, and on November 27th he will followed by the “HRC Thanks Day” celebratory event, during which the four drivers from the two Red Bull teams. Sergio Perez takes over from these November Ambassador role for the Young Drivers Academy Honda Racing School (HRS).

    “Our common goal is to provide dominant engines and ensure the maximum great success over the next three years,” said RBR Managing Director Christian Horner. which means the collaboration will continue until the end of 2025. towards There are currently no official announcements.

    But that’s just the beginning. Red Bull Racing bosses reportedly held talks yesterday (Tuesday 10/4) in Tokyo with Honda Racing (HRC) management meetings to formalize – and even continue – their partnership for years to come in 2026 and beyond.

    2026 is, and will be, a pivotal year for manufacturers in F1 Implementation of the new Power Plant Ordinance – which put more emphasis on it its hybrid and therefore electric aspect, directly parallel to the Gorga Progressive electrification of production cars.

    Honda pulled out in late 2021 to devote all of its resources to development Zero emission technology of its production cars, but the regulations of 2026 to transfer the technology of -already hybrid- engines in this direction, to make the sport more attractive to automakers – both technologically and in the marketing aspect.

    For now, the content of yesterday’s talks between RBR and HRC in Tokyo. In the scenario of both sides working together and beyond 2026, there is also the Parameters of Red Bull Powertrains, the new engine plant in which Red is investing Bull from last year, which Honda told her would be leaving in late 2021.

    Red Bull wants to make RBPowetrains a new engine manufacturer in 2026 Enjoy the privileges that the FIA ​​​​will offer to their new engine manufacturers that year – Audis for now, while Porsche reconsiders its thoughts, as it is rumored it could work with McLaren.

    ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: A detail shot of dirt on the car of Alexander Albon of Thailand and Red Bull Racing after F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

    In addition, the engines of Red Bull Racing and Alpha Tauri will run until the end of 2025 will be manufactured by HRC in Japan, both sides announced last year Spring. Red Bull would pay the Japanese company for these services Maybe that will change when there’s the – very likely – full Honda factory return in Formula 1, at least until the end of 2025.

    In fact, the rewarming conditions are rumored to have the cooperation of the two sides agreed between them for months, and that yesterday’s meeting in Tokyo was more “Etiquette”, and served to find a gentle and gradual way Announcing Honda’s return to F1 just 10 months after his exit.

    For 2026 and beyond, no one can know the plans of the two sides, but there is speculation the “golden ratio” of Honda’s coexistence with Red Bull Powertrains was found. Most likely The scenario heard calls for RBP to handle the design and construction of the thermals V6 turbo engine at its new factory in Milton Keynes.

    And Honda will design, develop and build all -new- in Japan Hybrid system that will incorporate the MGU-K electric motor based on 2026 regulations – will be 50% more efficient (that others no longer have MGU-H electric motor) and will only use 100% biofuels.

    So everyone is happy: Red Bull justifies its investment Own engine production by RBPowertrains in Milton Keynes and the Honda will quickly gain a reputation for developing new engine technologies Liaison with the marketing department of its commercial vehicles.

    At the Tokyo meeting, these talks were reported to have been particularly positive, and it even sounds as if there is already a preliminary contract that includes the conditions that the cooperation will work beyond 2025. However, the very important one remains Approval of these plans by Honda’s Board of Directors.

    However, there are some obstacles to achieving this: They concern the level of his involvement HRC, the financial budget, but also how Honda will justify publicly announced her return to F1 just two years after announcing she would retired from the sport at the end of 2021.

    However, HRC appreciates Honda’s involvement in the development of flagship hybrids Technologies from F1 will have a direct correlation and impact with its general activity Company in the research and development of electrification technologies for series vehicles She. Consequently, any formalization of Honda’s long-awaited return to F1 will be the case need some more time.

    Photo credit: Red Bull Content Pool

    Source: sport 24

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