10th place secures Espargaro top CRT honours at Aragon
Dani Pedrosa completed a Spanish treble in Aragón (MotoGP: Pedrosa, Moto2: Espargaró and Moto3: Salom) with another storming victory. Although Jorge Lorenzo made a good start, Pedrosa was right up with the MotoGP series leader and had caught him by lap three. The two rode side-by-side for five laps, until a wobble for Lorenzo allowed his rival to escape. Pedrosa extended his advantage to 6.4 seconds at the chequered flag, with Lorenzo second and Andrea Dovizioso third.
More competitive at every race, the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar duo were in a class of their own at Aragón. Randy De Puniet was the first to lead the way in the CRT subsection of the race, but teammate Aleix Espargaró was hot on his heels. Karel Abraham watched the two dice for position and joined in with the battle, but it was the duel for best CRT which went right down to the wire. Espargaró got the final pass, rounding off the top ten ahead of De Puniet. Just two points separate the duo in the overall standings, with four races remaining. Just two points separate CRT standings leader Espargaró from his teammate, with four races remaining.
10th Aleix Espargaró: “I am very happy. Today both my brother and I won our own personal races, so it has been a great day. We have to continue to be just as focused, because shortly we will have three races in a row to contend with. I hope that in Valencia, when the season finishes, that we can be five times as happy because of winning the CRT title. Beating my teammate is never easy, and today was no exception because it was a tough race right to the flag. I pushed my hardest for the entire race, but there was no way of passing Randy beforehand. On the final two laps I had to close in on him and put it all on the line. Maybe today’s result is the hardest fought of the entire season so far. I love having a rival like Randy and I love the team spirit that we have. When I joined POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar I knew what he could do. We are rather far ahead of the other CRTs, which shows that we are doing very well. I wasn’t expecting anything less.”
Source: Aspar Team Press Release