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Interview with Aleix Espargaro

An Aspar generated interview with top 2012 CRT MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro.
Aleix Espargaro - older brother of Moto2 title contender Pol - overcame the considerable challenge of experienced Aspar team-mate Randy de Puniet to finish as the top CRT rider in the 2012 MotoGP standings, the first year of the new privateer category.

Here Aleix looks back on the 2012 season and talks about his life on and off track. Espargaro and de Puniet have both been retained by Aspar for 2013...

Q:
First of all what is your reaction to the Espargaró brothers being handed the Shoya Tomizawa Fair Play Award for your sportsmanship and support of each other?

Aleix Espargaro:
It makes me very proud. Pol and I are always together and we're not afraid to show our devotion to each other, not to win awards but because that's how we feel. Even so, it gives me pride that this is recognised. It is a nice and natural thing – we've been close ever since we were little.

Q:
Doesn't it distract you to watch your brother race and then have to go out yourself?

Aleix Espargaro:
It doesn't distract me but clearly it's not the best way to settle your nerves. If my brother's race hasn't gone well I try to stay focused and not lose concentration even though I might be angry. Whenever he has a good race, which is usually the case, I'm even more fired up for the MotoGP race.

Q:
I can see you don't have any nails left!

Aleix Espargaro:
It's true [laughs]! It is the only way I can channel my nerves when I am watching the races. I almost chew my own fingers off.

Q:
Why do you run with number 41?

Aleix Espargaro:
It was Youichi Ui's number and he was my hero when I started out in racing. Coincidentally we also shared a manager at the time and Youichi was really nice to me. He gave me leathers, helmets... from that point on I was his number one fan and I started using the number 41, which I still have to this day.

Q:
Where did your obsession with the colour pink come from?

Aleix Espargaro:
We're quite used to seeing riders using fluorescent yellows and oranges but I have always liked to be a bit different and since nobody was using pink I decided to go for it. I love the colour and it gives me that bit of exclusivity. I suppose most people don't dare to use it but I really like it.

Q:
And why do they call you 'Pippo'?

Aleix Espargaro:
When I was born my father gave me a hippopotamus teddy that I used to sleep with and that's what they used to call it. My friends found out and started to call me 'Pippo' until in the end it stuck. I've still got the teddy!

Q:
At the end of the season you announced your plans to marry. Don't you think it's a bit soon?

Aleix Espargaro:



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