Espargaro cracks top five on CRT bike

Espargaro cracks top five on CRT bike
Saturday, 13 July 2013

Aleix Espargaro delivered a highly impressive performance in qualifying for the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, placing his Power Electronics Aspar ART bike fifth on the grid at the Sachsenring.

Not only is he fifth, but the Catalan rider was over a second quicker than the next CRT-specification machine. He is now thoroughly looking forward to starting on Row 2 for the first time, joined by Stefan Bradl and former champion Nicky Hayden.

“I’m really happy,” Espargaro told motogp.com. “This is not one of my favourite tracks on the calendar but our bike is really, really good because there is not a long straight; that means we lose less in respective to the MotoGP bikes. We do not have enough power to battle with them on other tracks, but it’s different here.

“I have pushed as much as I could all weekend; this morning we finished second, really close to Marquez, and in the afternoon my last two laps were really, really good – both 1’29. Tomorrow we are starting on the second row for the first time. I will try to make a good start and try to stay with the fast riders for a couple of laps.”

He stressed that the weather will have a significant bearing on proceedings.

“It also depends on the temperatures,” the 23-year-old began to conclude. “If it is colder, we will have a bit of an advantage. If it is hotter than today, we will struggle a lot, but let’s just start on the second row, enjoy the first part of the race and see where our limit is.”

So far in 2013, Espargaro’s best race result is eighth, which he has achieved at the last three races at Mugello, Barcelona and Assen.

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