Aleix Espargaro Demands major change - "It Can't Go On Like This"

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For Aleix Espargaro, the disadvantages of the sprint format clearly outweigh the benefits after the eighth race. The Spaniard demands major change.

The newly introduced sprint format has not met with enthusiasm from all riders so far. Many of the MotoGP stars criticised in particular the fact that the first practice session on Friday is decisive for entry into Q2.

World Champion Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati), for example, stressed that the first session of the weekend should be a real “free practice” for finding the strategy, so that he could work with the bike and the tyres in these 45 minutes.

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Dorna responded with a proposal to change the format. However, this failed because Ducati were the only manufacturer not to agree to it.

Meanwhile, Carlos Ezpeleta, Dorna’s Chief Sporting Officer, confirmed that the format change would come into effect in relation to the first MotoGP practice session in 2024.

The characterful Aleix Espargaró underlined the need to continue tweaking the new format. “I’m just doing my job,” the Aprila factory rider pushed ahead, but is convinced: “I went to the Safety Commission because Friday should be more relaxed.”

The 33-year-old Spaniard then found clear words: “The way the championship is going at the moment, it can’t go on. It can’t be that every Grand Prix two or three riders end up in hospital.”

Indeed, the mid-season review shows that 14 of the 22 MotoGP regular riders have already sustained injuries or suffered from physical impairments in the first half of the 2023 season.

“I hope there will be some changes there soon,” Espargaró referred to 2024, stressing: “I don’t know how the other riders are acting, but I will keep pushing for our safety.”

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