Iannone: All I want is equal machinery from Aprilia

Andrea Iannone says all he wants from the Aprilia MotoGP team is machine parity with Aleix Espargaro, after finishing a long way behind his teammate in last weekend's Aragon Grand Prix.

Iannone: All I want is equal machinery from Aprilia

While Espargaro scored Aprilia's best finish of the season at the Spanish track in seventh, 10 seconds behind race winner Marc Marquez, Iannone could manage no better than 11th, a full 22s down on his teammate.

In the seven races that both Aprilia riders have finished this season, Espargaro has come out on top five times, and has scored 46 points to Iannone's 32.

Read Also:

Speaking after the Aragon race, Iannone highlighted his performance on board the Suzuki last year, when he finished third, as evidence that something is not right regarding the performance gap between himself and Espargaro.

"I'm not happy because we lose a lot in terms of top speed and acceleration, even compared to my teammate," said Iannone. "We've had this problem since the beginning of the year and it's hard to see why.

"A rider can get to a certain point and I think I've gone beyond my limits, with all the pain I've had this weekend, always being silent.

"I certainly expect something important from Aprilia. Not so much in terms of parts or innovative things about the bike from now until the end of the year, but at least being able to get two bikes to run the same way, because that's not the case now.

"They are two identical bikes, but they have different performance, so we need to understand why.

"Aleix was good, but I'm still one who made the podium here last year, fighting until the end. To grow [as a team] we both have to be on the same level."

Iannone agreed with Espargaro's assessment that the unusual layout of the Aragon track flattered the RS-GP and that other tracks will be more difficult for the squad.

"For me this is a very favourable track for Aprilia," said the Italian. I think the next races will be difficult, so we have to keep our feet on the ground.

"For the moment we haven't made any progress, it was just the track came to us."

Additional reporting by German Garcia Casanova

Andrea Iannone, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Andrea Iannone, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Photo by: Gold and Goose / LAT Images

shares
comments
Kallio: Points the "minimum" after Aragon "warm-up"
Previous article

Kallio: Points the "minimum" after Aragon "warm-up"

Next article

Zarco has KTM's blessing to race, test elsewhere

Zarco has KTM's blessing to race, test elsewhere
Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era Prime

Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era

OPINION: The once all-conquering Japanese manufacturers are going through a difficult period in MotoGP this season. With Suzuki quitting, Honda struggling to get near the podium and Yamaha only enjoying success courtesy of Fabio Quartararo, Japanese manufacturers have been left in the dust by their European counterparts. This is why.

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2022
How in-form Quartararo is evoking Marquez in MotoGP 2022 Prime

How in-form Quartararo is evoking Marquez in MotoGP 2022

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo has seized control of the 2022 MotoGP world standings after another dominant victory as his nearest rivals faltered. And he is very much heading towards a second championship echoing how the dominator of the last decade achieved much of his success.

MotoGP
Jun 20, 2022
Why Marquez's surgery is about more than just chasing on-track success Prime

Why Marquez's surgery is about more than just chasing on-track success

OPINION: Marc Marquez will likely sit out the remainder of the 2022 MotoGP season to undergo a fourth major operation on the right arm he badly broke in 2020. It is hoped it will return him to his brilliant best after a tough start to the season without a podium to his name. But it’s the human victory that will far outweigh any future on-track success he may go on to have

MotoGP
May 31, 2022
Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma Prime

Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma

OPINION: The French Grand Prix looks to have made Ducati’s decision on its factory team line-up simpler, as Enea Bastianini stormed to his third win of the campaign and Jorge Martin crashed out for a fifth time in 2022. But, as Ducati suggests to Motorsport.com, it remains in the strongest position in a wild rider market

MotoGP
May 16, 2022
The seismic aftershock of Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP Prime

The seismic aftershock of Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP

Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. We analyse what this means for the grid going into 2023

MotoGP
May 11, 2022
How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP's Spanish GP Prime

How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP's Spanish GP

Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bike has had a tough start to life and the expected early-season title charge from Francesco Bagnaia did not materialise. But the Spanish Grand Prix signalled a turning point for both the GP22 and Bagnaia, as the 2021 runner-up belatedly got his season underway after a straight fight with Fabio Quartararo

MotoGP
May 2, 2022
How praise for Honda's MotoGP bike has given way to doubt Prime

How praise for Honda's MotoGP bike has given way to doubt

In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022

MotoGP
Apr 26, 2022
Why Quartararo's win was vital not only for his title hopes Prime

Why Quartararo's win was vital not only for his title hopes

Fabio Quartararo got his MotoGP title defence off the ground in the Portuguese Grand Prix as a dominant first win of 2022 rocketed him to the top of the standings. While a significant result in terms of his title hopes, it has come at an even more important time in terms of his 2023 contract negotiations

MotoGP
Apr 25, 2022