The MotoGP World Championship caravan is back on the road this week as the series continues to speed towards its finale with round sixteen of eighteen in Australia.
Springtime on Phillip Island is cool and fresh but the atmosphere heats up when MotoGP rolls into town and the sleepy air crackles into life with the roar of four-stroke prototypes.
With no home hero Casey Stoner to defend his turf this season there will be a new winner of the Australian Grand Prix for the first time since 2007, with Marc Márquez looking to plant his flag on the island and take a victory that would see him crowned World Champion if Jorge Loreno were to finish third or lower.
Márquez is not the only one with a title in his sights this weekend as POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider Aleix Espargaró looks to wrap things up in the CRT category.
The Spanish rider is eleventh overall in the main championship but with a 51-point advantage over his closest CRT rival Colin Edwards he can complete a successful title defence merely by finishing ahead of the Texan.
“If you told me at the start of the season that we would arrive in Australia with the chance of wrapping up the CRT title I wouldn’t have believed you. Myself and team are all very satisfied with the job we have done so far and we have had a great season but I just have the feeling that we could have done a bit better over the last few races and that we have the potential to run with the factory Ducatis. The Australian round is one of my favourites, we get to stay in a house with the team and it is just a wonderful country and circuit. Everything is there to make you feel happy and try your best on track to get the best result. It is one of the nicest weekends of the year so we are going there to enjoy it and to see if we can win the CRT title. Out of the three back-to-back races I think Phillip Island is the track most suited to the characteristics of our bike.”
Source: Aspar Media
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