Espargaro crashed out of Sunday’s race at Catalunya while running eighth on the 13th lap, losing him ground in the championship as he dropped to 51 points adrift of race winner Fabio Quartararo in 12th in the standings.
This was Espargaro’s third DNF of the season, after he was taken out in collisions with Johann Zarco and Miguel Oliveira at the Czech and Austrian GPs last month.
Espargaro had podium pace in both Jerez races in July, but qualifying off the front two rows meant he couldn’t advance on sixth and seventh, while his podiums in the Styrian and Emilia Romagna races sandwiched a 10th-place finish in the San Marino GP.
The KTM rider admits he “keeps losing” points this season, which is “super-painful” for his championship bid, and says his inconsistent form is like “someone is shaking us”.
“As this championship is going up and down so much, it’s difficult to predict anything,” he replied when asked if his championship ambitions had changed after his Catalan GP crash.
“From being third last weekend [at Misano] to crashing here, also [Andrea] Dovizioso crashed. So, he lost the leadership of the championship.
“This championship is very unpredictable, so who’s to tell you that maybe we go to Le Mans and our result is amazing and the others make mistakes?
“For sure, my result here doesn’t help at…