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Aspar: ‘We’d like to keep de Puniet and Espargaro’

“In MotoGP we would like to continue with the two riders we currently have in the team” – Jorge Martinez 'Aspar'.
Jorge Martinez 'Aspar' aims to retain both Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro for the 2013 MotoGP season.

The Aspar pair have emerged as the clear leaders of the new privateer CRT class, with de Puniet just three points ahead of Espargaro for twelfth place in the overall championship standings.

MotoGP podium finisher de Puniet has also scored the highest race results so far for CRT, with two eighth places. The next best CRT rider in the MotoGP standings is Yonny Hernandez (Avintia), who has scored just over half of de Puniet's 48 points.

"In MotoGP we are very happy. It is just a shame that I don't think the new CRT class is being given the importance it deserves," began Aspar.

"I think we have improved massively from the start of the season to now. The [Aprilia] ART gets better every time and we are getting gradually closer to the prototype bikes – we've even been ahead of them in some races.

"Randy started out very strongly in pre-season and opened a big advantage over the rest. He's had the odd crash and mechanical breakdown but he's having a marvellous season.

"Aleix started out a little doubtful because of the gap to Randy and you could see that but gradually he has got himself on level terms, if not a little in front.

"They are both at the top of the CRT championship and I am happy with the Power Electronics Aspar Team."

Looking to 2013, Aspar confirmed: "We would like to continue with the two riders we currently have. We're at a crucial stage of negotiations with the riders and sponsors right now so hopefully we can have everything defined very soon."

Aspar, a four time world champion as a rider, added that all of his grand prix teams are likely to remain with the same manufacturers next season.

Aspar switched from satellite Ducati to Aprilia CRT machinery for MotoGP this year, whilst continuing to run the Suter chassis in Moto2 and signing up for the Kalex-KTM in Moto3.




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