Another 10th place and CRT victory for Aleix Espargaro at the British Grand Prix
Yesterday there was talk that the duel between Lorenzo and Márquez for pole position had taken MotoGP to new heights, as they smashed previous lap records at Silverstone. Today they overshadowed even that thrilling session with a great race. As at Brno, it was a battle between the two Spaniards for victory, with Lorenzo leading the way early on. He and Márquez broke away, whilst Pedrosa made his way up through the field with fast times like a new 2’01.941 circuit record. Márquez looked for a definitive move for victory late on, despite riding with a shoulder injury picked up in the morning warmup, and passed Lorenzo in the closing stages. However, Lorenzo returned the favour on the penultimate corner to cross the line 81 milliseconds ahead of Márquez. In third, Pedrosa competed the podium just behind the duo.
Falls, injuries, crashes … Nothing slows Aleix Espargaró down in the stellar season that he is experiencing. The top CRT rider ha 68 points to his name already, and is 41 points ahead of his nearest rival in the CRT standings. A crash in practice yesterday meant that he would race at Silverstone with a broken left little finger and bruising to his neck, but an injection and a strong will meant that he could place as the best CRT rider on Sunday. He was stalked by Andrea Iannone early on, but broke free later on to ride by himself and claim tenth place.
10th Aleix Espargaró: “This weekend, as at Brno, I struggled to stay focused. Yesterday I made a big mistake in the last practice session. Right after exiting the pits, with the tyres cold, I suffered a crash which left me with a broken little finger and a bruise to my neck. The medical team did a great job, like at Indianapolis. Thanks to a painkilling injection I hardly felt any discomfort in the race, and was feeling a lot better than I had expected. Today I had to give more than 100% in order to be the top CRT rider. We were ten seconds ahead of the other CRTs, but I would have liked to have been closer to the MotoGP bikes. We’ll keep working for Misano with this in mind.”
Source: Aspar Team