Espargaró: "Things are going really well here"

Espargaró: “Things are going really well here”
Saturday, 6 April 2013

Aleix Espargaró has qualified 12th on the grid for the season-opening Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar, thus becoming the first rider in history to place a CRT bike in the new Q2 phase of the twofold qualifying session.

The Catalan rider progressed to Q2 thanks to a top two lap time in Q1, aided by the fact that Ignite Pramac Racing’s Ben Spies had crashed in final practice.

“Although we still have the most important part of the weekend to come, things are already going really well here,” says the Power Electronics Aspar rider, pleased to have out-qualified a prototype-equipped rider.

“It's crucial to start the season charged up, motivated and working hard. Myself and the team are so pleased and we want to make the most of that in the race. We had the new qualifying format and it was great to get through to the second round. In addition to that, we have a good race pace and with this good work under our belts we want to continue as top CRT.

“The new qualifying sessions were brilliant as you have to perform well from the word go, with less traffic on track, so it's also great for the spectators.”

Teammate Randy de Puniet will set off from two places behind, in 14th.

“Finally a day with some good news!” the Frenchman begins. “Today we made a big step forward and I'm pleased because we've found some solutions to issues which were holding us back. I've also reduced the gap to Aleix, from over a second to five tenths, especially with the adjustments we've made to the front end.”

Hoping to continuing improving his bike in the pre-race Warm-Up session, de Puniet hopes to challenge Espargaró for top CRT honours on Sunday. Last year, the leading CRT representative in the race was NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards; on this occasion, the Texas will start from 19th place.

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