Aleix Espargaro had a troubled time at the Thai Grand Prix as the Aprilia rider struggled with breathing difficulties.
Despite the amazing on track action at the Thai Grand Prix there were some riders who massively struggled in the scorching conditions. The riders who mainly had these difficulties were the Aprilia riders.
Aleix Espargaro pushed on despite the issues but has labelled the Thai Grand Prix 'the hardest race' of his life. Maverick Vinales and Raul Fernandez did not manage to deal with the difficulties as Vinales retired from the race and Fernandez dropped off the pace by 10 seconds.
“Sincerely, I couldn’t breathe. It was the hardest race of my life," Espargaro told media post-race. "In the last three laps, I was panicking because I tried to breathe, and I couldn’t.
"I was super, super worried. Yeah, when I came into the pits I thought I was going to die, I couldn’t breathe.”
“It has been a really tough race for me to be focused. But for me, it’s like today’s race is a good example of my Championship.
"We are position number five in terms of riders, the four riders who finished in front of me have been faster this year and they have better bikes than mine, that’s for sure. So, for me, today’s race is a pure example of my Championship.”
Considering that the next race is in Malaysia Aprilia will be working hard to resolve these issues to put their riders back at the front.