Espargaro managed to record two podiums in the next five races

Espargaro managed to record two podiums in the next five races

 It is undeniable that the Spaniard has barely been taken into account since his debut in the premier class in 2012. Until finally Espargaro made a breakthrough with Aprilia this season. Starting the season by finishing fourth in Qatar, Espargaro managed to win once and record two podiums in the next five races. In the last race at Jerez, last weekend Espargaro finished third after winning the duel against Jack Miller and Marc Marquez.

 As a result, Espargaro now sits in second place in the MotoGP standings with 82 points. The older brother of the Repsol Honda racer Pol Espargaro, only seven points adrift of Fabio Quartararo, who is the reigning MotoGP champion. Aleix Espargaro is confident that he is worthy of being considered a title challenger this season. He thinks Quartararo is a rider to beat. "Yes, I think so," replied the 32-year-old racer told The-Race. 

"I mean, Fabio was champion last season, now he leads the standings in six races [out of 21], which means 33 per cent [sic] of the championship, we are only seven points away." "I think the opportunity only comes once, especially for me, so I will try to take it. I know it will be tough, it will be difficult, and I know especially with Fabio and Pecco [Bagnaia], when these two guys are at their best like today." 

"I myself still lack something, we have to improve the bike and I still have to improve a little bit more, but consistency is the key and for now my results in the championship are quite good so I'm very happy and I will try to push Fabio until the end," said Aleix. Espargaro.

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