The feud between Aprilia Racing racer, Aleix Espargaro and Franco Morbidelli (Monster Energy Yamaha) ended peacefully. / Photo: Instagram @aleixespargaro
VALENCIA – The feud between Aprilia Racing racer, Aleix Espargaro and Franco Morbidelli (Monster Energy Yamaha) has finally subsided. The two riders have sat down together and made peace regarding the incident that occurred at the 2023 Qatar MotoGP.
Espargaro visited Morbidelli at his headquarters ahead of the 2023 Valencia MotoGP race. He also apologized directly to Valentino Rossi’s pupil.
This mature attitude is based on Espargaro emphasizing that he is not a bad person. He also promised not to repeat the same bad behavior.
“I went to Morbidelli’s motorhome to talk to him and apologize. It doesn’t matter whether it was my fault or his: I reacted badly,” said Espargaro, as quoted by Crash, Saturday (25/11/2023).
“Those three seconds projected me as a bad person, and I’m not a bad person. That’s why I sat with him on the couch and I apologized,” he continued.
“I will work to see how I can deal with high-tension situations better, so that they don’t happen again,” he said.
As previously reported, Espargaro was caught hitting Morbidelli’s helmet on the track. He was annoyed because Morbidelli was thought to be blocking his progress in a corner during the practice session at the 2023 Qatar MotoGP.
As a result, Espargaro had to accept punishment from the Stewards, namely a 6 grid penalty in the main race of the Qatar MotoGP 2023 and was fined 10,000 euros (Rp. 168.3 million). Their feud became even more heated when Morbidelli was thought to involve the Espargaro family.
He questioned the authority of Espargaro’s father figure towards his children. Morbidelli’s attitude then sparked even more tension between the two.
They do not accept each other. However, all those questions have now subsided. The two have reconciled and returned to racing professionally.