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Espargaró on top CRT form in front of home support

Espargaró on top CRT form in front of home support

More competitive at every race, the Power Electronics Aspar duo were in a class of their own at Aragón.

Randy de Puniet was the first to lead the way in the CRT subsection of the race, but teammate Aleix Espargaró was hot on his heels. Karel Abraham watched the two dice for position and joined in with the battle, but it was the duel for best CRT that went right down to the wire. Espargaró got the final pass, rounding off the top ten ahead of De Puniet. Just two points separate the duo in the overall standings, with four races remaining.

Aleix Espargaró

"I am very happy. Today both my brother and I won our own personal races, so it has been a great day. We have to continue to be just as focused, because shortly we will have three races in a row to contend with. I hope that in Valencia, when the season finishes, that we can be five times as happy because of winning the CRT title. Beating my teammate is never easy, and today was no exception because it was a tough race right to the flag. I pushed my hardest for the entire race, but there was no way of passing Randy beforehand. On the final two laps I had to close in on him and put it all on the line. Maybe today's result is the hardest fought of the entire season so far. I love having a rival like Randy and I love the team spirit that we have."

Randy De Puniet

"On the start I was a little blocked in, which is normal when you take off from the fifth row. Luckily I moved up positions quickly, and soon I was the top CRT. I pushed hard to open up a gap, with Rea ahead of me to use as a reference. However, at the halfway point I nearly crashed on turn thirteen and I lost the initial advantage. Aleix and I exchanged numerous passes and Abraham also got ahead of me. We rode as a trio as we passed one another, but I knew that Aleix would push again. He passed me on the corkscrew-imitation series of corners, I tried to get alongside him on the outside and I ran slightly wide. That was when I lost touch with him and couldn't keep up. It is a shame, because the little mistake that I made affected me a lot. I am still happy, because it was a very interesting race."

Press release courtesy of Monster Yamaha Tech 3.

MotoGP, 2012, GRAN PREMIO IVECO DE ARAGÓN, Aleix Espargaro, Randy de Puniet, Power Electronics Aspar

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