The battle at the top of the main MotoGP standings maybe be closer than ever heading into this weekend's US GP, but Aleix Espargaro is wiping the floor with this rivals in the privateer CRT category.
Espargaro has been the leading CRT rider in all eight rounds to date and leads Aspar team-mate and nearest rival Randy de Puniet by 52 points to 19 in the standings.
Espargaro has also finished a CRT-best of eighth at the past four events, and will be looking to again slay the slower manufacturer riders at Laguna Seca this weekend, a circuit he loves.
“Even though it is a short track Laguna Seca is spectacular. We have hardly had time to catch our breath since leaving Germany before heading to America but it is the last race before the holidays and that gives us extra motivation,” said the Spaniard, who finished ninth at the event last year.
“I had a lot of fun riding the ART at Laguna Seca last year even though we had some problems with the electronics but I am sure everything will go to plan this time. I love racing at Laguna Seca, the Corkscrew is just a spectacular corner that gives you goosebumps when you watch from the side of the track.
“I like it because it is different to any other circuit in the world and our confidence is high going to California, where we hope to have an enjoyable weekend. Hopefully we can have a repeat of an excellent weekend at Sachsenring.”
de Puniet meanwhile will naturally be hoping to end his team-mate's run. After switching back to the 2012 chassis in Germany, de Puniet found the front end feel he was looking for and will try to take advantage this weekend.
“Laguna Seca is a circuit I love. It is a tough track and the lap times are always close there. I had an interesting race there last year even though I almost got knocked off by another rider on the first lap,” said the Frenchman.
“I had a good feeling with the track and we had a good weekend so it will be interesting for us to compare the chassis data with what we have this year on the soft tyre. It will be demanding because there is no time to relax with two races so close together but I am already looking forward to the US GP getting started.
“In Germany we went back to our chassis from last season and my feeling was a lot better. We will try some more things in Laguna Seca and see if we can take a step forward.”
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