Espargaro: Suzuki will only improve

Aleix Espargaro has warned Suzuki will only improve this season after he finished fifth in the MotoGP race at Jerez on Sunday.

Spaniard Espargaro finished one position ahead of his team-mate, Maverick Vinales, and at one stage was challenging to finish fourth.

The 26-year-old has now finished his last two races in fifth, his best results at this level, and he is expecting to only get better – especially after a day of testing in which the outfit will hope to solve issues with the bike’s rear grip.

“I tried to catch-up to fourth position and almost succeeded, but unfortunately towards the end of the race the rider in front of me could keep a faster pace and I settled for fifth,” he told reporters. “It’s a good result, after a slow beginning to the season, but I’m getting closer to the top with good results but, most-importantly, improving my feeling on the bike.

“Tomorrow’s test will be very important, we still have issues with the rear grip – especially in slow corners – but Suzuki is doing a great job to support us and deliver some solutions, therefore we already have some ideas that we’re going to test and hopefully these will be positive ones.

“We are not so far from the fastest, we can improve a lot yet; and this leaves me confident for further improvements.”