Aleix Espargaro continues to dominate CRT class with excellent 9th
A wave of sweltering heat took over the Jerez circuit today at 2pm, just in time for the start of the MotoGP race. 30 °C ambient temperature and 50 °c track temperature created an uncomfortable time for the riders, although the heat was really turned up at the end of the race.
Jorge Lorenzo was able to set the kind of pace that had given him pole position, but his leadership of the race lasted just five laps. Pedrosa got past him and never looked back, taking the win. To conclude the contest, Marc Márquez overtook Lorenzo with a risky move on the final corner of the last lap, snatching second in controversial fashion. Whilst Pedrosa won the race, there was also victory for Aleix Espargaró in the CRT side of the contest with a ninth place finish.
It had been suspected that some of the CRT battalion could provide problems for the ‘official’ bikes in today’s race, and Aleix Espargaró made sure that it happened. The man of the moment in the CRT sub-class started from thirteenth on the grid, and the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider began to gain positions from the first lap. He brought official riders Smith and Pirro along with him, but soon he was in a position to attack Dovizioso ahead of him.
He caught up with the Italian on lap 11 and accompanied him almost to the chequered flag. Espargaró placed ninth in his best performance of the 2013 season so far. He is now the standout leader of the CRT standings, with 7 points added to his tally and a total of 17.
9th Aleix Espargaró:
“Today I had a beautiful race. Honestly, yesterday I was not happy with myself for missing Q2, I knew that here we could be very fast and not reaching the level expected was something that upset me. However, I still knew that here was where I had the best pace. ‘Aspar’ told me on the grid to keep calm, as that was the best way to have a good race, but I must admit that when I saw that I was just behind Dovizioso I went for it. I am very happy; it’s great to finish a race so high up and with such great feelings. I was even able to pass him on a couple of occasions. It really was a tough race, in which we finished with the tyres destroyed and sliding all over the place on the last laps. It was worth it, though. In all of the three races so far we have managed to reduce the gap to the first few riders, so every day we are performing at a higher level. I am very happy, because we are doing things very well. It is clear that, besides myself, the team also deserve a huge amount of credit for giving me by far the best CRT bike. I want to dedicate this magnificent result Jorge because he won the first race in the history of this track. I’m sure he’s even keener than I am to have an official bike, so I will give him a case to make for that to happen.”
Source: Aspar Media