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Power Electronics Aspar riders start steadily at Motorland

Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaró placed twelfth and thirteenth overall and were once again top CRT riders on day one in Aragón.

In similar circumstances to the first day at Misano two weeks ago, the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón began with another wet day to kick off the weekend. The MotoGP ™ riders were barely able to put in laps in the morning, owing to an oil spill from a Moto3™ rider in the previous session that left turns seven, eight and nine treacherously slippery.

Only nine premier class riders took to the track in that particular session, and for the most part they put in no more than ten laps. In the afternoon, rain fell to leave the Motorland track completely wet -more favourable conditions for getting accustomed to the circuit. The best time of the second session went to Ben Spies.

In top form and with a great feel for their machinery, the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar duo continue to lead the way for the CRT riders -whatever the weather. In the morning, Aleix Espargaró was more intrepid than his teammate and put in eight laps in tricky conditions.

Randy de Puniet stayed in the garage in order to avoid unnecessary risks. In the afternoon, the Frenchman was the fastest of the CRT competitors, followed by his teammate 70 thousandths of a second behind.

Randy de Puniet

"Today was another strange day. In the morning I didn't go out, because a rider had left oil on the track and it was dangerous -I preferred to wait until the afternoon. The asphalt was completely dry then and it was raining non-stop. We got to work and in the end made three runs. In the first one we made a few changes, which were positive. In the second run I had problems with my helmet visor and in the last I made some big improvements. I am satisfied, because we never took a step back. We were the top CRT and can also be happy with this, because there is still room for improvement that we will look for tomorrow. I think that we made a good start today and are prepared for a wet race on Sunday if it turns out that way."

Aleix Espargaró

"The day went well, despite the rain. In the morning we were unable to ride much, because the track was partially damp. I put in a couple of laps but couldn't get a good feel for things, because at some points the bike was sliding around a lot. In the afternoon I felt very much at ease in the wet. I am very happy, because I was awful in the wet at the start of the year; at Le Mans I had a nightmare and I was lapped, but I've improved and now I feel excellent on a wet track. I'm having a lot of fun in the conditions, which I didn't expect, so I am satisfied with that and we shall have to work hard tomorrow in order to be as fast as possible in qualifying."

Press release courtesy of Power Electronics Aspar

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MotoGP, 2012, Randy de Puniet, Aleix Espargaro, Power Electronics Aspar

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