De Puniet takes top CRT honours at Sachsenring

Monday, 9 July 2012

Power Electronics Aspar riders round off another strong weekend and extend advantage as best CRT competitors.

Riding at a consistently strong pace all weekend, Randy de Puniet reaped the rewards for his efforts on Sunday. Only a small problem kept him from qualifying as the top CRT rider yesterday, but he had already moved up to eleventh by the second lap on race day. De Puniet attempted to follow the satellite and factory riders in the early going, with a pace of 1'24 that pulled him away from the other CRTs. He eventually placed eleventh, taking five points and moving back into the lead of the CRT section of the overall standings.

Just one point behind on 23 is teammate Aleix Espargaró. Both riders are almost inseparable in the class, but today the Spaniard was unable to find the best setup for normal conditions following the rain of the weekend. He did, however, ride well enough around such issues to place thirteenth.

Randy De Puniet

"Today I had a good race, to round off a great weekend. My start was perfect and I was quickly up alongside my teammate. I got past him and latched onto the rear wheel of some factory bikes for a few laps. They broke away a little later, but this push at the start allowed me to keep my pace up. Álvaro got by me and I stuck with him as well, which also allowed me to ride fast and consistently. This has undoubtedly been my best weekend of the year - above all the race. This is the second race in which we have been the best CRT, we are working well and I feel comfortable with the bike - which shows on track. We are going in the right direction and have to continue like this."

Aleix Espargaró

"Today's was a tough race, because we didn't have the bike as well setup for the conditions as for in the rain. We had barely ridden in the dry this weekend and paid the price for that. I pushed as hard as I could at the start, but the bike wasn't going as well as we wanted, I lacked front-end feel and was finding it hard to hold my line on the fast corners. I kept a fast pace up to try and hold position, but Colin got past me at the end. We lost some points and it is disappointing, just like in Holland. Randy has moved ahead of us but things are very even. We have to keep fighting to continue our good form."

Press release courtesy of Power Electronics Aspar Team.

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