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Espargaró hopes to run 2010 Moto2 configuration in Albacete

Espargaró hopes to run 2010 Moto2 configuration in Albacete

Double duty Spaniard to try new chassis on Promoracing bike in CEV Buckler.

The life of Aleix Espargaró has taken an unexpected turn over the past few weeks. The youngest ever Spanish Champion has gone from unemployment to a luxury position, sharing rides in the CEV Buckler on the Promoracing Moto2 with a substitute appearance in the Balatonring 250cc team.

“This is, as Ángel Nieto said to me, a move from unemployment to double duty. I had no ride for this year, but I carried on training in order to take advantage of any opportunity. Dani Devahive called me about his Moto2 project, in which there was a lot of belief, and at the same time the 250cc chance came up,” says Aleix.

Espargaró’s work with the Promoracing Project will be very intense this summer, as in Albacete there is the expectation of running a new prototype. Aleix says that “the team ahve been in England working on a new chassis to house the Honda CBR 600 RR engine. Although we don’t think that the bike will change too much, it will be important to start working with 2010 World Championship configuration.”

In one way, Espargaró’s return to the CEV Buckler has been little more than a ‘return home’: “I have had the opportunity to meet up again with people that I like a lot, and with whom I would otherwise be unable to maintain contact. I also like the professional attitude of the CEV Buckler.”

Riding the wildly different 250cc and Moto2 bikes hasn’t been easy. “Going from a two-stroke to a four-stroke is relatively easy, the bike is bigger and easier to ride. However, coming back to 250cc was more difficult, as the riding style has to be perfect if you want to go fast.”

His goal for 2010 is clear: to ride in the Moto2 World Championship. The Spanish rider says that he is “very grateful to Dani and his team, because they have had faith in me and given me this opportunity, but we know that we can’t close the door on anything.”

250cc, 2009, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Aleix Espargaro

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