By Stephen English

Top CRT rider Aleix Espargaro had to settle for eleven on the grid for Sunday's United States MotoGP.

The result was a slight disappointment for Espargaro, who had been seventh and half-a-second from the top during Friday practice, but saw the gap grow to almost one-second in qualifying.

"I expected a little bit more because yesterday we were half-a-second from the first riders," confirmed Espargaro.

"Today wasn't bad though, less than a second isn't a big distance but obviously the grid position isn't really good.

"I'll push the first lap as fast as I can and try and follow the Ducatis. We need to know the track temperatures tomorrow but I'll try."

Espargaro has now made it through to five consecutive Q2 sessions. His Aspar Aprilia team-mate Randy de Puniet will start next to him, despite falling and failing to set a time in Q2.

Espargaro, who has finished eighth at the last four events, will be aiming to protect his unbeaten record in the privateer class so far this year.


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