Espargaró and de Puniet upbeat for Round 1

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Power Electronics Aspar heads into the 2013 MotoGP™ season with the sole aim of defending the CRT title it collected in 2012. With the class now heading into its second campaign, the competition promises to be closer than ever.

With new riders in the line-up as well as familiar challengers such as Avintia Blusens, Aspar are well aware that defending the crown will be no easy feat. Adding to the challenges this season will be the sport’s new qualifying format as well as the softer rear tyre, which is available only to the CRT runners.

“Even though the pre-season went well, I was looking forward to it finishing and for the real action to start,” says Spain’s Espargaró, who clinched the 2012 honours after leading the early stages of a wet-dry race in Valencia.

“We have a new challenge ahead of us this year, which is to retain the title of top CRT, and I am excited to get started. Being the guy the other CRTs will want to beat is an extra source of motivation for us but, on the evidence of the pre-season, there will be more competition and we will have to work just as hard as last year to be at the front. I love the Losail circuit and can't wait to get there and ride.”

De Puniet’s pre-season ended in somewhat mixed fashion, having suffered a crash on the penultimate day in Jerez, but he too looks to Losail with optimism.

“It has rained more than we would have liked in the pre-season but, luckily, on the final days of the Malaysia and Jerez tests we drew some positive conclusions,” the Frenchman begins. “The new ART is a sweeter bike, with more setup options, and I can't wait to ride it in Qatar…it looks like it could be more open this time and I think it will be a fun season.”

Last year, the duo ended the season separated by the narrow margin of 12 points.

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