Power Electronics Aspar sets CRT pace in Italy

Friday, 13 July 2012

Aleix Espargaró and Randy De Puniet continued to set the pace amongst the CRT machines with a second advantage over their rivals.

Espargaró struck first in the private battle with his team-mate, clocking a 1'50.015 on his fourteenth lap at the end of a long, hot day, to finish 12th. De Puniet finished just two tenths behind his teammate in 13th after suffering a gearbox problem that forced him to run off track twice, fortunately without consequences.

Aleix Espargaró

"I am really happy with the work we have done today and surprised by our pace this afternoon. We didn't expect to set these lap times already on day one and thought we would be losing out a lot more to the factory bikes down the straights. The bike is working well and we have to keep going like this. I am looking forward to getting back out there in the morning and making sure we are totally ready for qualifying. I would like to have a good race here in front of the company that made this bike. We have found a good base to work from and have a new engine to put in tomorrow that should help."

Randy De Puniet

"We have started well and the feeling with the bike is great. The afternoon session was going well until we ran into a gearbox problem that we have suffered before. It sent me straight on a couple of times, but thankfully I managed not to crash. Something was broken, so we switched to the second bike but only got two laps in. Anyway, I want to be positive and the good thing is we have the pace so I'm sure will work on the problem tonight and fix it for tomorrow."

Press release courtesy of Power Electronics Aspar.

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