Aleix Espargaro: Spectacular but disillusioned

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Friday, 13 September 2013

Aleix Espargaro delivered a superb performance to make the top five at Misano on Friday, slower only than the Repsol Honda Team and Yamaha Factory Racing riders despite riding on CRT-specification equipment. However, off the circuit, all was not well with the Power Electronics Aspar rider.

With Espargaro having challenged a number of prototype riders this season, his future has been a much discussed topic. Over recent weeks it has emerged that the Catalan rider was considering either staying with Aspar, as it runs with an all-new Aprilia package in 2014, or switching to NGM Mobile Forward Racing which will engage in an engine-frame-swingarm lease deal with Yamaha.

“I was keen to get back on the track and particularly at this circuit, which is a small one and one I love,” Espargaro told motogp.com. “I am happy because we have managed a very good pace; furthermore, I think this fifth place is a little more real than it might seem, so the race could be very interesting. To be fifth, right behind the factory Yamahas and Hondas, is phenomenal.”

 Regarding his situation about the possible switching of teams, Espargaro added:

“We are going through difficult times. As you all know, I would like to have a better bike for next year, but it is not easy. There is a clause in my contract which obliges me to stay [with the Aspar team] if I end this year as the leading CRT. Obviously, I am a professional rider and I will continue in my attempt to finish first of the CRTs in every race, but it is not easy. It is a delicate situation.”

Espargaro currently lies tenth overall in the championship standings with 68 points to his name. His nearest CRT challengers are Forward’s Colin Edwards and Avintia Blusens’ Hector Barbera, who sit joint 14th with 27 points apiece.

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