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Aleix Espargaro - Q&A

An Aspar team Q&A with top CRT MotoGP class rider Aleix Espargaro
Aleix Espargaro, winner of the inaugural 2012 privateer CRT MotoGP title, saw his undefeated 2013 run come to an end with an accident during Sunday's Laguna Seca race...

Q:
How do you reflect on the first half of the season?

Aleix Espargaro:
I am much happier than I expected. Last season finished well and we were looking forward to picking up with similar results in 2013 but I don't think I or anybody else expected us to be so close to the official prototypes. So I am really satisfied and I hope we can raise our game again in the second half of the championship.

Q:
Which has been your best race?

Aleix Espargaro:
Maybe in terms of practice it was Germany because we qualified in our best grid position but the race I enjoyed the most and finished closest to the front was in Holland.

Q:
Would you delete any race of the races from memory if you could?

Aleix Espargaro:
I wouldn't delete any of them although I must admit I had been hoping for much more from my home race at Montmeló.

Q:
What does Aleix Espargaró need to be even better?

Aleix Espargaro:
I have to improve in various areas. For example when the temperature is higher I don't seem to be able to run at the same pace because we lose a lot of traction on the rear. To a certain extent that's what happened to us in Barcelona. That is my only handicap, if you want to call it that, because I honestly don't think I have been giving too much away in the first half of the season.

Q:
What more do you need from the bike?

Aleix Espargaro:
It is working perfectly, the chassis is incredible and it allows us to apply so many variables. The only way we could improve the ART is with a bit more power and better electronics.

Q:
What do you hope for from the second half of the season?

Aleix Espargaro:
I can't ask for much more. I think if we can keep this level up until the end of the season we'd all be very satisfied. It won't be easy because we demand more of ourselves every day, we want to keep closing the gap to the factory bikes and so staying at the level we're already at would be an exceptional achievement.

Q:
What do you have planned for the holidays?

Aleix Espargaro:
To disconnect completely for a week a long way from home in New York. I have never been before so I am sure it will be a great experience. After that I will spend a few days at the beach with friends and then get back to training and start thinking about Indianapolis.

Q:
Who has been the strongest rider so far this season?

Aleix Espargaro:
The current situation in the championship is a little strange. I would say Marc is probably the strongest because of the fact he is leading the championship at the halfway stage and with this being his rookie season he deserves a lot of credit.

You have to say that Dani is really strong this year and Jorge too, of course. It is a shame they have both been injured but I think that all three of them are performing at an outstanding level.

Q:
Of the circuits that are left, which do you most prefer?

Aleix Espargaro:


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V4Poweeeer

July 26, 2013 12:32 AM

Balance I think you've missed the point having a 5 or 4 engine limit per season is why horsepower is so hard to acheive. The example of the rs3 cube and the sbk spec rsv4 you give are not subject to the same engine restrictions that are present in GP right now. To make 4 or 5 or even 12 engines last 18 race weekends requires NASA grade exotic materials in which to produce components in an engine that can take the stresses that 240+hp puts on an engine for multiple race weekend and is why Yamaha contemplates sitting out some practice sessions. However your Aprilia examples you gave were able to produce that power with materials that aren't so hard to come by due to them not needing to last so long. The rules are prohibitive to the smaller manufacturers that still have proprietary tech and limited budgets Ducati is slowly and surely sinking and the rules also forced Kawasaki and Suzuki out of the championship the GFC and Japanese tsunami just sped up the decision to pull out.



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