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Interview with Aleix Espargaro

Montmeló. Racing in MotoGP is always special but even more so at your home track. On top of that it was a great weekend for us. We set a really fast pace in practice and finished as the top CRT in the race on Sunday.

After that it has to be Valencia, when we were really able to savour what we had achieved. A lot of my friends came to share in what was a special moment for me so it was just complete joy. I was really nervous when it was raining on the grid but when I crossed the finish line I felt an enormous release of pressure.

Q:
Did you expect to win nine races in CRT?

Aleix Espargaro:
Honestly, before I found out who my team-mate was going to be I wasn't so sure but I knew that whoever got to grips with the new bikes the soonest would dominate.

As soon as I knew that my team-mate was Randy I realised it was going to be even more difficult. He's a top rider and I knew he wouldn't make life easy for me. As the year progressed I grew in confidence and from that point the objective became to win as many as I could.

Q:
What is the ART 2012 like and what were you able to learn about the 2013 model at Valencia, even though you couldn't ride it much?

Aleix Espargaro:
The best thing about the ART is definitely the chassis. It is an agile motorcycle that is really easy to turn. You can also brake really late, right into the corner, and this is its strong point, comparable to some of the MotoGP bikes. We only got to try the 2013 bike in the wet at Valencia and couldn't draw too many conclusions.

Q:
How will you celebrate this great season over the winter?

Aleix Espargaro:
I just want to be at home with my family, take things easy and recharge my batteries. 2014 will be an important year with a lot of changes so we just have to make sure we stay on our toes in 2013, put together another strong season and be prepared for the next one.

End.




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