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Espargaró looks to improve long-run pace

Aleix Espargaró began the 2013 campaign in the best possible way, leading the pack for CRT ranks in Qatar. As MotoGP™ heads to Austin, the Spaniard is hoping to improve his speed on long runs while in race trim.

Although he led the CRTs at Losail, Espargaró admitted after the race that he would have liked to challenge prototype runners more than he was able to. With that in mind, the Catalan rider is flying out to Austin this week.

“We’ll take it easy in first practice,” he explains ahead of his first trip to the new track. “Hopefully we will pick up where we left off in Qatar – I’m very satisfied with the manner in which we started the new season. The only real thing we could have done better was the start. I also believe we need to work on full tanks in order to match the pace we managed in pre-season testing.”

For this weekend, tyre supplier Bridgestone has announced that the CRT runners will be provided with Soft and Medium compound rear tyres, whereas those on prototype machinery will run with Medium and Hard.

“All of the CRT riders will start from zero, so it’s the same for us all,” adds Randy de Puniet, teammate to Espargaró. “It’s bound to be an exciting weekend. In Qatar we started off a little lost, strugging to find a good feeling with the bike, but we ultimately corrected the situation. Only a small technical problem prevented us from fighting Aleix until the last lap. Hopefully this weekend we can get back into the fight for being the best CRT rider.”

De Puniet’s last CRT class win came at the San Marino Grand Prix, Round 13 of 2012, in which he finished ninth overall as Espargaró retired from the race.

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