Power Electronics Aspar team-mates Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro won't be distracted by what should be their best opportunity to challenge the factory prototypes this weekend in Germany.
The short, tight and twisty Sachsenring will negate some of the time and top speed deficit suffered by the CRT riders (see previous story) so far this year.
But de Puniet and Espargaro, now separated by just one point in the fight to be the leading CRT in the championship standings, insist their focus remains on being the top privateer.
“The set-up is getting closer and closer to perfection and the bike is incredibly easy to handle now,” said de Puniet of his Aprilia ART bike. “We just need to focus on improving performance of the engine.
“At Sachsenring we'll have another opportunity to score a good result and my objective will be the same as usual: to be the best CRT. The fact it is such a short track should reduce the gap to the factory prototypes but I don't want to think about that or take my eye off our primary objective.”
Espargaro, whose perfect run of points finished was broken by an engine problem in the closing stages of last Saturday Assen round, agreed.
“At Sachsenring we will be fighting to be the best CRT again. It is a small but fast track, not one of my favourites but I think we can do well there,” said the Spaniard. “It should be easier for the CRT bikes to get closer to the factory prototypes and I am looking forward to getting on with it and putting Assen behind us as quickly as possible.”
Barring accidents or pit stops, a CRT rider is yet to finish ahead of a manufacturer prototype in a dry race.