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Espargaró fastest CRT at sweltering Sepang

Espargaró fastest CRT at sweltering Sepang

The bumpy track surface in Sepang was the bane of practice for most of the riders and the Power Electronics Aspar Team were no exception, although it didn't stop them from continuing their dominance of the new CRT category.

Aleix Espargaró qualified as the fastest CRT in a time of 2'02.842, just 2.5 seconds off pole in twelfth place. His teammate Randy De Puniet was less satisfied with his performance despite lining up just one place behind in thirteenth.  

12th Aleix Espargaró

"I am really happy with the result today. We put the new engine in this morning and it made quite a big difference but we have had a lot of chatter this weekend and I think that's the case for most riders. The strong point of our bike is in corner entry but with so much chatter we're losing ground in this aspect to the prototypes. We have done a great job and the lap times are good despite the two long straights here, where we also lose out a lot to the prototypes. I have a decent advantage over my teammate, probably the biggest we have had for a while. I lapped alone and set a good pace for several laps so we're in good shape for the race. It will be very tough because of the heat so we have to be mentally prepared for that."

13th Randy De Puniet

"There seem to be a lot of riders struggling with front-end chatter here and having spoken to a few of the guys who were here for preseason testing it seems the track conditions are very different to back then and a lot more bumpy. We have been trying to make the bike more stable but I am really struggling for front-end feel, I don't know why. I can't keep my speed up through the corner and it is damaging my confidence with the bike. We haven't stopped working to fix our problems and we will keep going in the warm-up tomorrow. Hopefully we can find something."

Press release courtesy of Power Electronics Aspar Team.


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