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Aleix Espargaró best CRT rider for 2012

Aleix Espargaró best CRT rider for 2012

Aleix Espargaró made history yesterday by becoming the first CRT rider to lead a MotoGP race, and he did so for two laps at Valencia. He had to pass through the pits later on in the race to change bikes, in order to use the slicks that were appropriate for the conditions. He then set about overtaking his teammate, and claimed the best CRT rider of 2012 honour.

The Power Electronics Aspar riders were once again close to one another on race day, as Randy De Puniet used slick tyres from the start and battled with a lack of front grip. The Frenchman might have been unable to keep up with his teammate, but his twelfth place finish was just behind Espargaró and he placed runner-up to the Spaniard in the overall CRT standings. Espargaró claimed 74 points over the course of the year, winning out by 12.

11th Aleix Espargaró

"I am very happy, because finally we were able to claim the prize for best CRT riders of the year. The race was very strange, as on the grid I was a little nervous about the tyre choice. I knew that I could go faster with the slicks, but it was very risky so I used the wets. There was a dry line that was rather unstable, so it was only my teammate who used slicks in the end. Once the race began, I focused on going as hard as I could until the tyre went off, then I changed bikes. I concentrated on catching Randy, and when I passed him I relaxed a bit to enjoy the race and finish as high up as possible. I think that we have had a formidable season and that this has been reflected with the best CRT prize. The most important thing is that the team has supported me, which I value a lot. Jorge gave me a lot of confidence from the start and I want to thank him and enjoy having reached our goal."

12th Randy De Puniet

"Against all predictions, we decided to go with the slicks when the track was still damp. I think that it was a good choice. On Friday I felt really comfortable in a similar situation, but I don't know what happened in the race today that made me feel so strange. I didn't have any confidence in the front end and I was having a lot of difficulty in keeping the bike up. That meant that I went wide on a number of occasions. I am a bit annoyed, because having watched the race, I can see that with a better feeling I could have fought for the top positions. Now the season is over, we need to focus on doing a good job in the test this week and go into the winter break feeling calm."

Press release courtesy of Power Electronics Aspar.

MotoGP, 2012, GRAN PREMIO GENERALI DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Randy de Puniet, Aleix Espargaro, Power Electronics Aspar

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