Espargaró secures top CRT qualifying spot

Saturday, 16 June 2012

The Power Electronics Aspar riders were once again the top contenders for best CRT rider on the starting line-up.

Aleix Espargaró and Randy De Puniet were the duo raising each other's game throughout the session, despite problems with cold, rain and wind. Espargaró was eventually quickest, just 20 thousandths of a second faster than De Puniet. The pair will start from eleventh and twelfth, respectively, for the British Grand Prix.

Aleix Espargaró

"I am very happy with my great time today. Thanks to the team, we got the best CRT time. I am being consistent in the races, but it is tough to beat my teammate in qualifying and this is only the second time that I have managed to do so this season. I am happy about that. The cold, the wind and the intermittent rain aren't the best conditions, but this track is fast and fun. We are losing a little on the straight because of our lower top speed, but I am satisfied with how the weekend is developing. I hope that tomorrow we can round things off with a good result and keep hitting our targets."

Randy De Puniet

"Once again we faced difficult weather conditions today. In the qualifying session the rain came back and made our work difficult. The stops and the waiting make it hard to work, above all today when we had problems with lack of front-end grip. Despite this and the lack of time, we tried out various things. However, we still haven't found a definitive solution to the issue. I think that if we had managed to, then we could have shaved time off our laps in the second and fourth sectors. I hope that in warm-up tomorrow we have dry conditions and can try out some other ideas that we didn't manage to today. In any case, I am happy with our work today and am prepared for the race."

Press release courtesy of Power Electronics Aspar.

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