Espargaro targets ‘a couple of podiums’ for Aprilia in MotoGP 2020

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Aprilia MotoGP star Aleix Espargaro has targeted ‘a couple’ of podium finishes when the 2020 championship eventually get started.

The Spaniard says this year’s RS-GP is the best he has ever ridden with much more manageable power delivery and that he is riding better than ever.

“The RS-GP 2020 is the best bike from Aprilia I’ve ever ridden,” said Espargaro.

“The engine is more ‘electric’, meaning the character is easier for the rider. The chassis is also a lot easier, the bike turns more in the second part of the corner and the biggest difference is overall you feel like everything is calmer.

“You are less stressed on the bike, can brake more relaxed… So for the race simulations in both Malaysia and Qatar it has been easier to ride, not just over one fast lap.

“I think it’s going to be a fun season. It sounds maybe strange, but I feel like I’m ready to fight for the podium. It’s not going to be easy, the level in MotoGP this year is unbelievably high. But Aprilia has made a big effort, I see that I’m riding super good, so why not?

“If I don’t finish at least a couple of races on the podium I won’t be happy. I always put a lot of pressure on myself, but this is why I’m here.”