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Dutch MotoGP: Espargaro outpaces five factory prototypes

'The flowing corner layout is useful for us here. It's the first time that we are so close to the top factory bikes' - Aleix Espargaro
CRT top gun Aleix Espargaro exceeded his own expectations as the Spanish rider claimed a superb third row start for the Dutch TT at Assen.

Espargaro's best lap of 1m 35.500s put him in seventh place, 1.102s down on Cal Crutchlow's pole time and ahead of Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista and Ducati riders Nicky Hayden, Andrea Dovizioso, Michele Pirro and Andrea Iannone.

The Power Electronics Aspar rider's team-mate, Randy De Puniet, also excelled at Assen this afternoon as the Frenchman qualified in ninth to give the team its best MotoGP grid positions of the season, a tenth of a second behind Espargaro.

“So far it has been a great weekend. Yesterday we were good in the wet and the dry,” said Espargaro.

“I had a feeling we could go well at this track but not this good!

“The flowing corner layout is useful for us here. It's the first time that we are so close to the top factory bikes.

“The electronics package has also really improved which I'm happy about.”

Espargaro, currently in tenth place overall in the MotoGP World Championship and by far the top CRT representative in the series, believes he has more to offer in tomorrow's race.

“I still feel we can improve some more in warm-up.

“I want to fight with an official factory bike in the race and we know the conditions could be changeable in the race,” he said.

“We are optimistic, whatever the conditions.”



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dacron

June 28, 2013 6:21 PM

go get em mate , the most impressive rider so far this year , this is the first race weekend i actually got great enjoyment watching the crt bikes , they were going off everywhere.

DJfromTJ

June 29, 2013 2:00 AM

The only thing that the bike lacks is straight line speed, 10 more KMph and the bike will be a constant front pace runner. Don't be fool by the CRT title, Aprilia is doing this on purpose, they are running a factory bike with a detuned engine, they know that if they put a better motor in it the other factories are gonna cry foul and they will be force to abide by the regular prototype rules, that means less fuel, less engine and less help from Dorna. I still have to admit that the riding and maturity and consistency of Aleix is most impressive, when Aprilia finally comes out from their hiding behind a CRT, to a full prototype headed by Aleix, they are gonna be championship caliber team. Mark my words



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