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Espargaro hopes to discover real potential' in 2014

“Next year I hope I will have a better bike and we will see what my real potential is” – Aleix Espargaro.
Inaugural MotoGP CRT winner Aleix Espargaro has been undefeated in the privateer class during the five rounds held so far this season.

Such performances have seen the Aspar Aprilia rider mentioned in connection with a full prototype seat for 2014, and the Spaniard recently confirmed “some contact” with Suzuki.

But Aspar would doubtless be keen to retain Espargaro and there have also been rumours that Aprilia may upgrade the level of technology on the ART next year, when a Honda Production RCV and Yamaha engine lease will join the privateer class.

“Next year I hope I will have a better bike and we will see what my real potential is, because winning in CRT is not easy, but for sure all the best riders are on MotoGP [prototypes],” said Espargaro at Catalunya.

Until then Espargaro, who spent the 2010 season on a satellite Ducati, has his sights on trying to battle with the present Desmosedici riders.

“When I get back to the pits I always check where the nearest CRT is, but also how close I am to the top guys,” he revealed. “We are not so far away from the Ducatis. I would really like to battle with the Ducatis.”

Espargaro finished 39s behind race winner Jorge Lorenzo - for eighth place - last time at Mugello, the closest margin yet for a CRT rider.

Aspar team-mate Randy de Puniet has been signed as a development rider for the Suzuki project.

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June 14, 2013 7:12 PM

Aleix is easily better than half the field and deserves to be on a factory bike, but Suzuki is just like Kawasaki, is just like wtfe. He needs to be on an Aprilia when they finally decide to up the ante and bring in non-CRT bits.


June 14, 2013 4:08 PM

The current riders on Pramac Ducati's might not agree that it's such a great "chance." If anything, the last few years have shown is that even a great rider can't impress consistently on an inferior bike( Stoner being the exception to the rule). The fact that Espargaro is now the top CRT rider and pushing the satellite bikes and deceasing the gap to the factory riders and finishing consistently is pretty darn impressive.

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