Aprilia and Aleix Espargaro – the perennial underdogs – have worked together and worked hard for six years to develop the bike into something worthy. Finally, the results are bearing fruit. The Spaniard put his Aprilia on pole on Sunday (as the paddock dealt with the freight issues that delayed proceedings), and then won the race as well! However, it was not an easy win, as Jorge Martin got better on his Pramac Ducati. By lap 17, Espargaro had been caught. Lap 18 was when the first attack came, although the Aprilia went in too deep. He tried again a lap later, and again the Aprilia went in too deep. Third time lucky, as on lap 21 the Espargaro reeled in Martin and pulled off a sublime block pass to capture a lead he would not relinquish for the next six laps. He was the last one left on the grid without a Grand Prix win in any class of GP racing, but on his 200th MotoGP start, he proved all of them wrong. Truly a magnificent showing for the man from Andorra, capped by the fact that he’s heading to Texas with the championship lead!