Aspar Press Release Interview: Aleix Espargaro On Being Top CRT In The First Half Of The Season

The Power Electronics Aspar team issued the following press release, containing an interview with one of the most interesting riders of the moment. Aleix Espargaro has been exceptionally impressive in the first half of the 2013 season, regularly scoring top 10 finishes, and harrassing the satellite machines. In the press release, Espargaro talks about the 2013 season so far, and his hopes for the second half of the year:


“STAYING AT THE LEVEL WE'RE ALREADY AT WOULD BE AN EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT”

After making history as the first CRT 'champion' in MotoGP last year, POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider Aleix Espargaró started the 2013 season as a strong favourite to repeat the feat. His form so far has gone far beyond that and alongside outright MotoGP title contenders Márquez, Lorenzo and Pedrosa, the Spaniard has been the standout rider of the current season; as well as leaving the rest of the CRT field trailing in his wake he has gone head to head with the factory prototypes on a regular basis. Aleix Espargaró is a man in demand and after a successful first half of the season with the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team he is hoping for even more when the action resumes next month.

How do you reflect on the first half of the season?

I am much happier than I expected. Last season finished well and we were looking forward to picking up with similar results in 2013 but I don't think I or anybody else expected us to be so close to the official prototypes. So I am really satisfied and I hope we can raise our game again in the second half of the championship.

Which has been your best race?

Maybe in terms of practice it was Germany because we qualified in our best grid position but the race I enjoyed the most and finished closest to the front was in Holland.

Would you delete any race of the races from memory if you could?

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Second Shooter: Tim White Captures Laguna Seca, Part 1


It took him a few laps, but Marc Marquez would eventually catch Valentino Rossi...


... and get past him ...


... then be pushed wide by him ...


... and off into the dirt...


... even further than Rossi in 2008 ...


... but he rejoined well ahead of Rossi, who had been struggling to get his bike stopped

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2013 Laguna Seca MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: Of Marquez' Achievements, The Legality Of The Pass, And The Lone Yamaha

It may be, in the colorful phrase of Jeremy Burgess, a "sh*tty little race track," but somehow Laguna Seca always manages to produce moments of magic. This year was no different, with Stefan Bradl finally getting his first podium, Marc Marquez breaking record after record, and Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa coming back after both damaging their collarbones at the Sachsenring.

As memorable as those performances were, they will all be overshadowed by one moment. Marc Marquez passed Valentino Rossi in the Corkscrew on lap 4, running through the dirt in scenes reminiscent of Rossi's iconic pass on Casey Stoner back in 2008. The incident fired the imagination of MotoGP fans for so very many different reasons: the reminder of Rossi's pass on Stoner; the even deeper line which Marquez took through the gravel in 2013; the thrill of a rider running through that corner and still managing to return and maintain his position.

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Casey Stoner To Test Honda's MotoGP Bikes At Motegi, Racing Ruled Out

Motorcycle News are reporting that Casey Stoner is to test Honda's 2014 RC213V at Motegi in August. The former two-time World Champion will ride both next year's factory machine, as well as the production racer version which Honda are preparing to sell to private teams, and which Scott Redding has been linked with riding at Gresini next season.

HRC have flatly denied that the test is a prelude to a MotoGP return for the Australian, according to MCN. Stoner will not race as a wildcard in either Phillip Island or Motegi, as early rumors have suggested. According to MCN's Matthew Birt on Twitter, Casey Stoner is "still 100% happy with his decision to retire."

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2013 Laguna Seca MotoGP Race Result: The Taming of the Corkscrew

Results below

MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez rode like anything but to win the ninth round of the season at the Laguna Seca circuit in California. Pole-sitter Stefan Bradl finished second, his first MotoGP podium. And Valentino Rossi held off a hard-charging Alvaro Bautista for the final podium spot.

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