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Espargaró favourite for CRT title after strong Phillip Island

Espargaró favourite for CRT title after strong Phillip Island

Power Electronics Aspar riders were involved in a race-long tussle at last weekend’s race in Phillip Island, coming out on top in the CRT class once more with Aleix Espargaró now the favourite to win the CRT class.

Randy de Puniet had been the leading CRT at Phillip Island and had the pace to catch some of the official bikes. However, he stalled on the start and lost four positions. He caught up with teammate Aleix Espargaró on the second lap and the battle began. Espargaró eventually won the scrap to finish tenth. De Puniet crossed the line eleventh.

Espargaró now heads the CRT standings from De Puniet by 11 points with one round to go. For the Frenchman to overhaul his teammate he would have to finish fourth in the next race and Espargaró not score more than one point.

10th Aleix Espargaró

"Before the fly-aways we won at Aragón. I spoke with my mechanics afterwards and we agreed that if we wanted to be the best CRT, then we needed to win at least three of the last four races. At the moment we are on course for that. I am very happy and it was fun in the race. I had an exciting battle with Randy, above all on the final two laps. I tried to slipstream him on the straight a few times, but it wasn't possible. I waited until the start of the last lap and pushed. I took a risk and it worked out. He was very strong all weekend, so in Valencia we will have to work hard to avoid any unexpected occurrence."

11th Randy De Puniet

"I'm a little upset, because I thought I was able to follow the official Ducati bikes. In fact, comparing the laps after the race, I saw that we were virtually identical in pace. Right at the start, when I changed from second to third gear, I noticed how the bike stood still. With this incident I lost time and positions. Then it was hard to move up positions. Gradually I tagged onto riders ahead of me, pairing up with Aleix. We exchanged a few passes and he rode well; I couldn't force him into making a mistake. I hate to end a race like this; not because my teammate beat me, but because the race didn't go as I would have liked and expected."

MotoGP, 2012, AIRASIA AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Aleix Espargaro, Randy de Puniet, Pramac Racing Team

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