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Espargaro: ‘I struggled to stay focused’

Espargaro: ‘I struggled to stay focused’

Not even a broken finger and neck pain could prevent Aleix Espargaro from heading up the CRT runners in the Hertz British Grand Prix, as the Power Electronics Aspar rider finished tenth from twelfth on the grid. However, the Spaniard admits that his mind was elsewhere for the majority of the Silverstone weekend.

The injures had been sustained in a high-speed crash on the entry to Becketts during final practice on Saturday morning. This forced the Catalan rider to miss qualifying, although – having been cleared to race following medical check-ups – he was still able to start from 12th position by virtue of his quick practice lap times that had automatically submitted the ART rider into the Q2 shootout.

“This weekend, as at Brno, I struggled to stay focused,” Espargaro admitted. “I made a big mistake in the last practice session. Right after exiting the pits, with the tyres cold, I suffered a crash which left me with a broken little finger and a bruise to my neck. The medical team did a great job, like at Indianapolis. Thanks to a pain-killing injection, I hardly felt any discomfort in the race and was feeling a lot better than I had expected.

“I had to give more than 100% in order to be the top CRT rider. We were ten seconds ahead of the other CRTs, but I would have liked to have been closer to the MotoGP bikes. We’ll keep working for Misano with this in mind.”

Off-track, Espargaro continues to weigh up his options for the 2014 season. The Granollers rider has already explained that he will either stay with Aspar, which will be competing with a completely overhauled Aprilia package, or switch to NGM Mobile Forward Racing as the Italian outfit engages in a Yamaha lease deal.

MotoGP, 2013, HERTZ BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Aleix Espargaro, Power Electronics Aspar

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