Aleix Espargaro and Randy De Puniet remain the men to beat in the new CRT MotoGP class heading into this weekend's sixth round at Silverstone.

Espargaro has taken the flag as the first of the new breed machines in three of the five races so far, with de Puniet often the quickest CRT in practice and qualifying.

"I am really looking forward to the next race," said Espargaro, who leads de Puniet by eight points in the standings. "Silverstone is a very fast track and that should suit me. It is a bumpy track but once you work things out it is not too difficult to get on the pace.

"We tried a new swingarm in Barcelona that has improved rear traction, which was a major problem for us, and now that all the MotoGP riders are using the same front tyre I hope our situation improves still further," he added. "My objective for this weekend is to keep working in the same way that we have up to now and maintain our leadership of the CRT category."

de Puniet is also a fan of the fast Silverstone layout and qualified second on the grid for the inaugural 2010 event.

"Along with Catalunya, Silverstone is one of my favourite circuits on the calendar and I always feel comfortable riding there," he confirmed. "It is very fast with a lot of second and third gear corners that suit somebody with good corner speed and that suits me.

"With it being such a long track we might lose out a little bit compared to the factory MotoGP bikes but I am very highly motivated, I'm looking forward to getting started and getting everything ready for the race.

"We have a lot of work to do but I think we can do really well on Sunday. We will have to keep an eye on the weather because it is always likely to rain in England but if that's the case we will do our best to adapt to the conditions."


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