august 25, 2019 - Aprilia Racing

Iannone battles, recovers and finishes tenth - A well-deserved top-10 finish slips through Aleix Espargaró’s fingers

Both of the Aprilia machines got off the line at the Silverstone race with an outstanding start which launched Andrea Iannone and Aleix Espargaró into the heated battle for the top ten positions. The RS-GPs demonstrated excellent consistency, staying with the second group of riders.

However, Aleix’s good performance was interrupted less than two laps from the chequered flag due to a technical problem which is currently being assessed by the engineers. It was an undeserved stop for the Spaniard who, in any case, praised the rediscovered competitiveness in anticipation of the final part of the championship.

Andrea finished the race with an excellent tenth place, matching his best result in Assen and, above all, benefiting from a confidence boost after all the hard work done up to now.

"My start was very good, but then I lost a couple of positions after the accident involving Dovi and Quartararo. I managed to recover quickly and my pace wasn’t bad. I battled with Petrucci and my brother for a while, but it was not easy to stay out front. I felt like I had a good pace, maybe slightly better than theirs. Unfortunately, less than two laps from the finish, the bike stopped. It’s a pity after everything we had done."

"I rode a good race, making up positions and managing to stay in the group with Aleix, Pol and Petrucci. Throughout the weekend we worked hard and I hope that some of the progress we made will help us in the upcoming races. Unfortunately, I lost ground in acceleration, even compared to my teammate, and that kept me from launching an attack on the riders ahead of me. I've said it before and I’ll say it again: we must never give up and today I confirm that once again."