The Spanish veteran repulsed home hero Fabio Quartarara and finished third in the race at Le Mans last Sunday, becoming the third consecutive podium in 2022 and fourth overall.

This puts Espargar just four points behind Quarterly in the league standings, and the Aprilia racer is constantly proving himself and his package as true contenders for the title.

But he still hasn’t made a deal with Aprilia since 2022, and Espargara revealed over the weekend in Austin that initial talks with the Italian maker made him “boring” because the two sides were too far apart.

Asked after his catwalk in Le Mans whether he was preventing Aprilia from saying “no” to him, Espargara replied: “I don’t know what’s going on there. I don’t know what to say.

“It simply came to our notice then. I am very happy and enjoy this moment.

“It will really help to find out as soon as possible about my future because it will give me some peace of mind.

“I would say there is nothing more I can do – yes, I can win every race, but it is very difficult. All I can do is finish each race on the podium.

“But the market is crazy, the championship is crazy, the level of every rider is incredible.”

Espargar Oil, Aprilia Racing Team

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Commenting on the 2022 Aprilia, Espargara says it’s the bike I’ve always dreamed of and can’t explain its current “crazy” shape.

“I have no words, honestly,” he admitted. “I have no explanation for what is happening, I do not really understand.

“I really like this year, I have the bike I dreamed of.

“I asked the engineers to make this bike the way I’ve always dreamed of, and they made it that very challenging. In the pre-season they significantly improved the bike.

“This bike I have is the bike I have always dreamed of. Now I am only four points behind Fabio, 100 points in seven races, leading the teams [championship]. It’s crazy. “

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