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Espargaro 'happier than ever' after Silverstone effort
19 June 2012
Aleix Espargaro maintained his ultra-consistent form at the British Grand Prix, where he finished as the leading CRT rider yet again ahead of his Aspar team-mate Randy de Puniet.
Espargaro is the only CRT rider to score points in every round so far this season and boasts a nine-point lead over de Puniet after Silverstone.
The pair were involved in a race-long battle at the British venue, with Espargaro opening up a gap over his team-mate before de Puniet rallied to hit back and move to the front of the CRT positions.
However, Espargaro appeared content to shadow his rival and timed his move to perfection, edging past with two laps remaining.
De Puniet was unable to respond as the Spaniard crossed the line as the top CRT man for the fourth time in 2012.
“I'm happier than ever today, as both my brother Pol and I got good results here at Silverstone,” said Espargaro.
“I started well and tried to follow the satellite bikes, but they kept leaving me behind on the straights.
“I was able to pull away from the other CRT riders, but little by little Randy caught me back up. I let him set the pace once he had passed.
“Two laps from the end, I took over in front and broke away, just as I did at Montmeló.
“I out-braked him at the first chicane, gritted my teeth and did what I needed to do in order to finish ahead,” he added.
“I have never had a more competitive rival who I get on so well with at the same time.
“It is very difficult for me to beat him over the course of a single hot lap in practice, especially when we work more on the race, but I am getting good results recently.”
De Puniet, so often stronger than Espargaro during qualifying, admitted he was 'annoyed' after finishing second best yet again in the duo's personal duel.
“Once I caught up with him I made a pass and stayed in front for practically the whole race, but I was having a lot of problems with the rear tyre,” he said.
“I felt a lot of movement and I was lacking grip. I tried to put up with this throughout the course of the race and shake off Aleix's moves, but in the end he must have seen that he was faster than me at certain points on the track.
“I am annoyed, because we did a good job and yet still didn't find the best chassis setting.
“We will have to keep on working in order to perfect the bike and be more consistent.”