Espargaro excited about new Aprilia engine

Espargaro excited about new Aprilia engine
Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Aleix Espargaro looks forward to receiving more power, with a new Aprilia engine on course to be made available to Power Electronics Aspar at the end of September.

So far this season, the Catalan rider – who will contest his home Grand Prix this weekend – has led the way for CRT bikes in the first five races. Last time out in Italy, the 23-year-old finished in eighth position to celebrate his best race result of the campaign to date.

“At the moment the package of bike, team and rider is very strong, so the next step is to be closer to the MotoGP bikes,” Espargaro begins. “There are some tracks where we are still a step behind, especially in wet conditions or when we need to adjust the electronics to different conditions.

“Aprilia is working very hard on building up a new engine; I think we will have a new, more powerful engine in September and I am looking forward to trying it out because we are not as far off the official bikes as we expected. A bit more power would help us more.”

He went on to discuss the possibility of racing for a Suzuki factory outfit in 2014, if the Japanese company – which has been testing over recent months – decides to return.

“It is true that has been some contact with Suzuki, but they have not decided yet if they will return to the championship or not,” Espargaro continues. “It is a very exciting project, it is a factory and it would be an official MotoGP bike.”

At recent tests for Suzuki, the prototype machine has been ridden by Espargaro’s current Aspar teammate Randy de Puniet.

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