Having won the sprint race on Saturday, Espargaro looked set to be beaten by Aprilia team-mate Maverick Vinales after an error mid-race cost him a great deal of time.
As Vinales’ benefit grew to over 1.3 seconds on lap 11 of 23, Espargaro just partially cracked into this over the next couple of trips.
But, as Vinales began to battle with grip, Espargaro reeled him in and took the lead on lap 20, holding it to score his 2nd grand prix triumph of the season and finish the double on house soil.
Espargaro confesses he “didn’t truly take pleasure in” riding the bike in the grand prix as the windier conditions interrupted his riding.
” I would like to stop the world and delight in the minute for a number of minutes,” he told motogp.com’s world feed.
” It has actually been incredible, particularly due to the fact that [the sprint] race was rather simple, let’s state. I felt great on the bike.
” Today [in the grand prix] I felt the opposite. I felt actually bad, I didn’t actually delight in riding the bike with the wind blowing. I wasn’t actually able to do my riding design.
” And Maverick was extremely, really quickly. He pressed me to my limitation. At any other circuit I would have completed second, however today I stated ‘no chance, crash or win’. I ran the risk of a lot.
” There was a great deal of stress. When I saw my kids on the podium providing me the prize, I saw my entire life passing in front of my eyes. It was a memorable minute.”
Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team, Maverick Vinales, Aprilia Racing Team
Photo by: Gold and Goose/ Motorsport Images
Espargaro discussed that the lap 11 error was an effect of him attempting to offset another mistake that lost him half a 2nd.
” I did one error in corner one, and after that attempting to recuperate the half-second error, in corner 3 I almost highsided,” he included. ” And I lost double.
” After the occurrence I pressed like hell for 2 laps and I didn’t recuperate anything and I stated to myself ‘you need to accept that he is much faster today’.
” But then I stated ‘Ok, he’s much faster, if he’s going to win he’s going to sweat’. I pressed like hell, like certifying, I ran the risk of a lot and it paid off.”