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Power Electronics Aspar lead the way for CRT bikes

Power Electronics Aspar lead the way for CRT bikes

Randy de Puniet places highest of CRT riders in qualifying for MotoGP race.

The qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix was an exciting event for Spanish spectators, with an intense duel for pole position between Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. The former eventually came out on top, whilst the gap to third placed Nicky Hayden was around 1 second at the end of the run. Randy de Puniet was the quickest CRT, just 1.1 seconds off the front row Ducati rider.

Shortly before the MotoGP session at Jerez, POWER ELECTRONICS ASPAR rider Aleix Espargaró spoke to BANKIA Moto3 rider Héctor Faubel to ask for advice about the conditions on track. Faubel had ridden beforehand in the opening qualifying run of the day and recommended that the MotoGP competitor use slicks. Mid-run, spots of rain fell on a drying track and led to a dip in pace, whilst a strong wind added to the variable conditions but had the effect of rapidly clearing the cloud.

Back in business, De Puniet and Aleix Espargaró aimed for the head of the order for CRT riders, with the Frenchman achieving his objective. Espargaró was less happy with his performance, but improved his confidence in both his dry and wet weather riding at his home round.

The famous no.21 tyre that was intended to solve the ART chattering problem was renamed no.33 at Jerez, and came through the test with flying colours. De Puniet is the favourite to place the highest of the CRT bikes tomorrow, based on his qualifying run and his positive testing performances in Spain. He was able to drop seven tenths from his time, despite lacking grip compared to yesterday.

The riders will have to wait and see what conditions await them for their afternoon race, the Spanish Grand Prix that headlines the visit to Jerez.

10th Randy de Puniet (1.41.700s, 26 Laps)

"We knew before we came here that there was a chance that we could place ahead of the official bikes. We had some difficult conditions out there and I think that it worked to our advantage. In fact, I could even have improved upon my time had I not run into slower riders on the racing line. I know that I could have done even better without the traffic. I am happy and we are going well in the wet as well as the dry. The aim tomorrow is still to be the best CRT, and if I can overtake some satellite and factory riders along the way, then I will be even happier. The team did a great job today."

14th Aleix Espargaró (1.43.135, 22 Laps)

"That was a much better day. It was about time that we were able to say that we have made a step forward. I am a little dissatisfied that Randy is far off, because he is a reference point for me, but I feel good about things. We cut the gap in the wet to 4.2 seconds in the wet morning session and the changes made mean that the wet setup makes me happy. No rider would ever turn down a dry race, but I think that in the wet I would have an opportunity to continue improving. My aim is clear: To be the best CRT. However, Randy is very strong in the wet and in the dry, so we will see what happens.

MotoGP, 2012, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPANA, Aleix Espargaro, Randy de Puniet, Power Electronics Aspar

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