Aleix Espargaro still top CRT rider in 12th, despite tough weekend
The MotoGP race at Indianapolis seemed set to be a runaway victory for Marc Márquez, after he had dominated every session at the Brickyard.
However, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa had other ideas, and it was the former who pushed hardest at the start of the contest. Temperatures were up enough for the fastest race lap to be one second slower than yesterday’s pole time, and the race on the whole was run at a slower pace than in practice. Márquez finally made his move for the lead thirteen laps in, taking a further four to break away from his rivals. The rookie took the win, ahead of Pedrosa and Lorenzo. Behind them, Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow and Álvaro Bautista added excitement in a battle for fourth.
POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider Aleix Espargaró would have to overcome pain from a crash yesterday and a motivated home rider in Colin Edwards, if he were to take top CRT honours at Indianapolis. The Spaniard had received an infiltration to his left hand to dull the pain, making it hard to pick up the pace early on, but was gradually able to feel more comfortable. He crossed the line in twelfth and was once again the best of the CRT riders.
12th Aleix Espargaró:
“This weekend has been tough for us, I suffered a crash yesterday afternoon and could not work as much as we had wanted. Also today I had a lot of pain in my left hand as a result of the fall, but luckily the Clinic Mobile doctors outdid themselves in treating it and I could ride without problems. I was infiltrated before the race to mitigate some of the pain. It was difficult to be aggressive and give one hundred percent with my hands so sore, as it was hard enough to change direction. Still, I think we should be satisfied as we worked hard, were once again the best in the CRT category and took a good result here at Indianapolis. Now it is time to recover and keep on top next weekend at Brno.”
Source: Aspar Media