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Interview with Aleix Espargaro

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Q:
The 'Espargarins' form one of the biggest and oldest rider fan clubs in Spain. How proud does that make you?

Aleix Espargaro:
I have said it a thousand times before and I never tire of saying it: it is a source of huge pride for us to have a fan club like the 'Espargarins'. The really nice thing is that they started following us long before we started competing in the World Championship.

They were there in Catalunya, Albacete, Jerez, Jarama... well before we became Grand Prix riders. Now they come along to a lot of GPs, regardless of the distance they have to travel. We really appreciate it and both Pol and I are very proud. This year was their tenth anniversary!

Q:
Nine years of hard work at World Championship level have finally paid off for you. What does this CRT title mean to you?

Aleix Espargaro:
I am happy because we achieved the objective we set for ourselves at the start of last season. I am particularly satisfied to have beaten my team-mate on the same bike. Randy De Puniet is a really top rider and he demonstrated that throughout the season. I think we have had a brilliant season and I am more happy about the fact that I was able to enjoy it so much than I am about the title itself.

Q:
'Aspar' said at the start of the season that you were a rider to watch and that you had potential. You proved him right...

Aleix Espargaro:
Last winter I didn't know if I was going to be riding in Moto2 or in MotoGP but I did know that it would be with the Power Electronics Aspar Team so I was already happy with that. I was given great support from the first moment, with an experienced team of mechanics and constant backing from Aprilia's engineers. I know that Jorge had high hopes for me so that added a little pressure but we were able to manage it well.

Q:
You seem to have grown up this year. In what ways has Aleix Espargaró matured in 2012?

Aleix Espargaro:
Jorge has helped me in this aspect. He has made me more calm and confident, which is really important for a rider, and he has shown me how to take things more easily. These are basically the most significant changes this season and they are what have allowed me to improve as a rider.

Q:
It seems as though the 'triple A' combo - Aspar Team, Aleix Espargaró and ART – was a good one. . .

Aleix Espargaro:
'A' was the letter of choice this year! At the start of last season, even when I didn't know what bike I would be riding, I wasn't worried because I knew that as long as I was with the Power Electronics Aspar Team I would be on something competitive. It is a top team, that always insists on the very best material. Clearly we made the right choice in going for the ART, which has been the best bike by some distance, but credit has to go to the team because the same bike has not been as competitive in other hands.

Q:
When was the turning point last season? When did you really start to think that you could finish the year as the top CRT?

Aleix Espargaro:
To be honest at Jerez I didn't deserve to win in the way I won. My team-mate was forced to retire but that gave me a boost in confidence, seeing myself up there. From that race I started to change the way I was thinking and started to believe that we had to keep working even harder because anything was possible. After that I loosened up and was able to ride faster and be more consistent.

Q:
By the flyaways it seemed like you were even a step ahead. . .

Aleix Espargaro:
Randy and I came into the final stages of the season with very little between us. I knew that any mistake or lack of concentration could cost me points or a position in the championship. I realised that if I wanted to finish with the CRT title I would have to win three of the last four races and get to Valencia with relative calm.

We simply had to put a good run together on the flyaways so myself and the team were very focused on this. We thought through our engine strategy to the most minute detail and had a clear idea when and where to use each one. Everything went perfectly to plan.

Q:
Which race did you enjoy the most?

Aleix Espargaro:




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