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De Puniet top CRT in Laguna Seca qualifying

De Puniet top CRT in Laguna Seca qualifying

Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet qualified as top CRT rider in 11th place, ahead of his teammate Aleix Espargaró at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix in Laguna Seca.

Qualifying proved to be a two-way battle between the pair for the top CRT position on the grid, De Puniet sealing it with a lap of 1'22.886 to edge out his team-mate by two tenths after Espargaró was baulked by another rider on his final lap.

Randy de Puniet

"I am really happy with the result from qualifying. The electronic problems we had yesterday morning and the fog this morning have basically cost us two sessions but we made the most of the time we had. We made some changes for this afternoon and thankfully they were all in the right direction. I'm happy because my race pace gives me plenty of optimism for tomorrow. I was consistently in the low 1'23s and that is going to be important. I am sure we can improve the set-up of the bike in the warm-up tomorrow and after three really good races the objective for the race is to continue in the same way and if possible finish as the top CRT again."

Aleix Espargaró

"I didn't manage to get the bike set-up as good as I would have liked today. We couldn't get it turning as I wanted and I struggled for confidence in the front. Luckily at the end of the session I managed to improve a little. Rear tyre wear is quite severe here and after seven or eight laps it was sliding around a lot. On the last lap of qualifying I was on a hot lap behind Valentino but Elías got in my way and I lost my chance. It was a shame because I think it would have been enough to qualify as the top CRT but anyway I am happy with the way we're progressing. In the last few races I have qualified as the top CRT only for Randy to beat me in the race so hopefully this weekend works out the other way around."

Press release courtesy of Power Electronics Aspar.

MotoGP, 2012, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Randy de Puniet, Aleix Espargaro, Power Electronics Aspar

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