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Espargaro edging closer to Forward Racing deal?

Forward Racing is willing to pay a 400,000 Euros fee to release Aleix Espargaro from his contract with Aspar, claims Spanish website Motocautro
Spanish website claims that Forward Racing will stump up the cash to meet a 400,000 Euros release clause to sign Aleix Espargaro from Aspar.

The site reports that Espargaro, who has dominated the MotoGP CRT class this season for the Power Electronics team, will pay 100,000 Euros towards the fee himself to ride one of NGM Forward Racing's FTR-kitted Yamaha M1s next year.

Espargaro is guaranteed a new contract with Aspar in 2014 if he ends the season as the leading CRT rider, a scenario that is all but assured as the Spanish star is 41 points ahead of nearest challenger Colin Edwards.

Aspar is understood to have initially demanded 600,000 Euros to release Espargaro from his contract, but Motocautro says the financial requirement was eased after Aspar secured the services of American Nicky Hayden for 2014.

The report also claims that Espargaro will be tied to Forward Racing for two years and will be forced to repay the team around 300,000 Euros if he wishes to leave within that timescale.

NGM Forward Racing will run two FTR-kitted Yamaha M1s leased from the factory, with current rider Edwards tipped to be retained next year.

Nicky Hayden's proposed move to the factory-backed Aspar Aprilia team, meanwhile, is strongly rumoured to be a done deal.

Aleix's brother Pol will step up from Moto2 to MotoGP with Tech 3 Yamaha next season.

Tagged as: Edwards , hayden , Espargaro

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September 20, 2013 3:54 PM

Yeah is incredible how the situacions of some riders had been changing for better now!! Both Espargaro and nicky will have chances of change there Career... 4sure aim with big curiosity to see how good the new Aprilia will be and how good will be the package on the Yamaha m1 of Forward Racing.. Both are respectable Teams!!


September 20, 2013 7:52 PM

6uille, He, himself, has even said that 70% of the success came from the electronics. I'm not saying he's not under appreciated - he is. While Colin is second this year, Randy dePuniet was runner-up in the CRT's last year. A lot of it is the bike. Why he's not on an established prototype team is beyond me. I still dont get it. Prototypes should be for the absolute best riders, not the next crop of riders. Those young guys should have to cut their teeth on the CRT bikes, and the absolute best should be on the best bikes. Aleix is definitely a stronger choice than Bradley Smith or Pol.

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