Espargaro finishes final race of the season again as best CRT rider
The final race of the 2013 MotoGP season was one to watch, and spectators flocked to Valencia to see the World Champion crowned. The sellout crowd packed the grandstands, eager to take in the action on Sunday. Marc Marquez headed the grid, but it was Jorge Lorenzo who pushed hardest early on and battled with Dani Pedrosa at the front. Behind the Spanish duo, Márquez, Álvaro Bautista and Valentino Rossi formed a quintet of strong riders. Lorenzo attempted to bunch things up, waiting on a possible error from Márquez, but in the end he found contact with Pedrosa and his title rival got ahead. Lorenzo eventually retook the lead and went on to win the race, with Pedrosa in second and Márquez sealing the title with third. He becomes the youngest MotoGP World Champion in history as a result.
Aleix Espargaró was fourteen times the top CRT rider in 2013, out of a possible eighteen. Today was the last such occasion. He had already made clear that, even though he had already been crowned top CRT rider for the season, he was out for a last hurrah at Valencia. He was able to dedicate such a feat to the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team, at the end of a tricky weekend. He battled for an eleventh place finish to thank his team for their great times together over the past two seasons.
11th Aleix Espargaró: “After crashing at the previous race, I feel happy to be back as the top CRT rider at home, in front of the fans. The stands were packed and the race was really exciting. I am happy to have been able to say goodbye to my team with another top CRT performance, in an excellent end to the season. Our paths are separating now, but I am sure that one day we will be back together again. I am delighted with how these past two years in the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar team have gone. For the first time since I’ve started riding in the World Championship, I’ve felt that I have a team alongside me who believe in me and support me in any situation. Thanks to those who have been my family over these past two years. I also want to congratulate Marc, because today he achieved something historic.”
Source: Aspar Team