Aleix Espargaró was fourteen times the top CRT rider in 2013, out of a possible eighteen. Today was the last such occasion. He had already made clear that, even though he had already been crowned top CRT rider for the season, he was out for a last hurrah at Valencia. He was able to dedicate such a feat to the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team, at the end of a tricky weekend. He battled for an eleventh place finish to thank his team for their great times together over the past two seasons.
Teammate Randy De Puniet was unable to do likewise, as engine braking issues caused him problems all weekend. Unable to find the best setup for his bike and lacking security in the race, he decided to return to the garage on lap fourteen to avoid taking risks.
11th Aleix Espargaró: “After crashing at the previous race, I feel happy to be back as the top CRT rider at home, in front of the fans. The stands were packed and the race was really exciting. I am happy to have been able to say goodbye to my team with another top CRT performance, in an excellent end to the season. Our paths are separating now, but I am sure that one day we will be back together again. I am delighted with how these past two years in the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar team have gone. For the first time since I’ve started riding in the World Championship, I’ve felt that I have a team alongside me who believe in me and support me in any situation. Thanks to those who have been my family over these past two years. I also want to congratulate Marc, because today he achieved something historic.”
Randy De Puniet (DNF): “This weekend has been difficult for us. It is strange, because normally I feel very comfortable at this track, but we found it much harder to find a good setup this time. The mechanical problems plagued us all weekend, despite our trying umpteen different solutions. I had difficulty stopping the bike in the race, and we didn’t have a good feeling with our engine braking. The more the tyres went off, the harder it was to brake, so I decided to stop. I didn’t feel safe, nor want to take any more risks.”