CRT winner Espargaró hopes to push prototypes

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Aleix Espargaró strormed to the top CRT spot in the season-opening Commercial Grand Prix of Qatar, but admits he hoped to dice further with prototype runners.

The Catalan rider, who qualified in Q2 on Saturday, started 12th on the grid and by the end of the 22 laps was 11th, over six seconds ahead of nearest CRT challenger and Power Electronics Aspar teammate Randy de Puniet.

"Obviously we always want more and we wished to fight face-to-face with some of the prototype bikes," said Espargaró, whose younger brother Pol had won the Moto2™ race earlier in the evning. "However it is very complicated because there is only really one line, so you’re forced to take a lot of risks to pass people.

"I took advantage of an error to pass Spies and then pushed like crazy to try and stay ahead, but eventually he just went past me at the end of the straight. Realistically we have to be satisfied with our result; we have every reason to be very happy because, especially at a circuit as long as this, being 49 seconds behind the winner is quite an achievement. Clearly, we have taken a huge step up from last season."

Last year’s CRT winner at Losail, NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards, experienced a contrast in fortunes this season and failed to finish the race.

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