"It's important how you finish, not how you start"
18 June 2010 – A perfect way to sum up the 2010 season so far for Moto GP Pramac rider Aleix Espargaro. After a turbulent start to the season for the Spanish rider, he has found some consistency with solid points finishes and will be looking to improve on that form in this weekend's AirAsia British Moto GP at Silverstone.
"Yes progression is coming. At the start of the season, we had a few problems with the bike and with finding the right set-up and I crashed a lot. Then we improved a little bit and we finish ninth in LeMans which is a very difficult circuit. It was a big step up and then we finished eigth in Mugello last time out. We must continue this way to make big steps."
The new Silverstone track is of course a big discussion amongst the riders after the switch this year to the Norhamptonshire circuit from Donington. The 20 year old was full of praise for the new track, "The Silverstone circuit is very beautiful. I looked at the circuit yesterday and I did a few laps today. It's completely different from all the other circuits we go too. There are so many fast corners."
It's a family affair for Espargaro as his younger brother Pol races in the 125cc class and he is always on hand to help him, even if it's in an unusual way with the role being Pol's umbrella man! Aleix quipped, "I think I'm a better rider than umbrella girl. In the 125 race I try to be with my brother to help him a little bit and if I have to be his umbrella girl, then that's what I do!
"I think I will finish the motogp race and get changed fast and then run to the grid to be Pol's umbrella girll! It will be really strange to race for the first time before my brother. (As the race schedule for Sunday has changed as Moto 2 is the first race of the day, with the 125cc race after the Moto GP.)
The likeable Ducati racer certainly put some smiles on the hundreds of fans in the sunshine yesterday, when he auctioned off the team shirt he was wearing to raise money for the riders charity Riders.Org. However, he was then subject to some teasing on stage at the popular Day of Champions event on Thursday. With his national team Spain losing in their first World Cup fixture, he made the fantastic quote of, "It's important how you finish, not how you start."
The same clearly applies to his Moto GP season and he will be hoping for a great result this weekend in front of the British fans.