Aleix Espargaro takes best result of the season with 8th at Mugello
The hills of Mugello were packed on Sunday for their annual installment of MotoGP action. The track has seen many memorable moments in its history, and did so again today. Jorge Lorenzo’s overtake on Dani Pedrosa on the second corner was one, as was the crash between Álvaro Bautista and Valentino Rossi which eliminated the home rider from proceedings at Turn 3.
Lorenzo broke away on lap twelve and took victory after 23 laps, whilst behind him Pedrosa and Marc Marquez had diced for second. Marquez crashed out after moving ahead of his teammate, and Cal Crutchlow was thus thrust into third place alongside the two Spaniards.
Aleix Espargaró cut a happy figure as he got off his bike, relieved with how the Italian Grand Prix developed. The Spaniard was once again the fastest CRT rider, and by some distance. He needed to race his second bike after his main machine failed to start for the formation lap. After staving off the initial nerves, the POWER ELECTRONICS rider undertook a brilliant race, after a good start.
He rode on his own for most of the contest, finishing in eighth place and crossing the line just 39 seconds behind the race winner. The race position was the joint best ever for a CRT in MotoGP, along with his own result from last year at Sepang.
8th Aleix Espargaró:
“When you finish a Grand Prix weekend, there are some races that you like more than others. I think today, along with Jerez, has been the best of the season so far. When I went out for the formation lap my bike would not start, which made me very nervous because I had to race with my second bike. Thankfully, Jorge was able to help calm me down. I started very well and saw that my pace was similar to that of Bradl and Hayden, which gave me a boost. I gradually upped my pace and managed to cross the line just 39 seconds behind the winner. I think that is a praiseworthy return at this circuit, which is very long. I pushed very hard throughout the race, and whilst the tyres allowed it I could set some 1’49s –although from lap 10 onwards I had to drop the pace slightly. I never tire of repeating that I’m very happy with this team, I’ve spent two seasons at POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar and it is a team that is professional but like a family. This is the basis of all our successes. I think we are near the limit of this bike, so we will continue working to see how much further we can go with it.”
Source: Aspar Media