Aleix Espargaró top CRT in Spain

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

For the Power Electronics Aspar Team, Jerez saw an improvement on the opening round of the season in Qatar. Aleix Espargaró finished the race as the top CRT rider, twelfth overall at his home GP.

Focusing on clocking consistent laps, Espargaró received an unexpected reward in the form of a trip to parc fermé. His four points, added to the one point claimed in Qatar, take him up to five after two races.

Randy de Puniet had looked set to take the honour of best CRT as he diced with factory and satellite riders in the early part of the race. Two laps before the end he suffered a fuel pump issue, which forced him to retire. He remains on three points in the overall standings, heading into next weekend's Portuguese GP.

Aleix Espargaró (12th, Top CRT)

"We had a lot of problems all weekend, but in the end it worked out well for us. Things were difficult in the first part of the race with the track damp. I took things too calmly then, which allowed Randy to get away from me. I matched his speed later on, but he was already too far ahead to be caught. It is a shame for him that his bike broke down. I was the highest placing CRT, which gives me even more motivation ahead of Portugal and Le Mans."

Randy de Puniet (DNF)

"I am very disappointed. This had been a perfect weekend for us, as we were tenth on the grid with some non-CRT bikes behind us. I got a good start and had to make a big effort to follow Barberá, Abraham, Spies and the rest of that group. I decided then to take things more calmly and to manage my pace, with an advantage of around ten seconds over the next best CRT. Seven laps from the end I had a problem when engaging second gear, which got progressively worse and caused me to have to pull up with two laps to go. It wasn't a serious issue, just a problem with the fuel pump, but it is a pity because we could have taken four points and moved ahead in the CRT championship. That's the way it goes, so we will see if we can continue to do well at Estoril."

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