Following a crash for Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro, it was NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards who led the CRT runners in the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.
Having seen Espargaro crash in front of him, Edwards pushed hard to extend his advantage over second Aspar rider Randy de Puniet, finishing in 12th position.
“The race was good,” Edwards explained. “The whole weekend has obviously been a strange one: sometimes not being able to ride (because of the weather) and being the last of three races in a row away from home. I don’t know how to explain it! But the race itself was good. I got a good start, got out there and did what I needed to do.”
Recalling the Espargaro accident, Edwards went on:
“Aleix had a problem of some sort. When I saw that I put my head down, hammered out the laps and pulled a gap on Randy to cruise it on home. My NGM Forward FTR bike was awesome – it was great! Thanks to all of my team, who did a great job this weekend with a short amount of time to work. I am now looking forward to the last race before going home to relax a bit and then coming back strong.”
Espargaro may have already sealed the overall CRT honours for 2013, but Edwards remains engaged in a tight battle with de Puniet heading into the Valencia finale on 10 November. Just two points separate the Texan and the Frenchman, with Avintia Blusens’ Hector Barbera only another five points in arrears.