De Puniet fastest ahead of teammate Espargaró

Friday, 29 June 2012

Power Electronics Aspar pair Randy De Puniet and Aleix Espargaró once again set the pace amongst the CRT bikes and the Frenchman and the Spaniard are looking forward to the challenge of trying to beat each other tomorrow.

Randy qualified twelfth fastest, half a second behind Héctor Barberá, with Aleix just a couple of tenths and one grid position behind him.

Randy de Puniet

"We have worked hard on our race set-up over the past two days and the weekend is going very well. We have tested and tried a lot of things and then this afternoon was the moment to give everything we had. The rain set us back, as it did everybody, but I am satisfied with our lap times in the end even though we could have perhaps gone faster on a fresh new tyre. Anyway, we have qualified as the top CRT, the team have done a great job and I am happy. We are ready and confident about the race so hopefully we can repeat this result tomorrow."

Aleix Espargaró

"We started the afternoon session very well and I was able to step my pace up from free practice in the opening couple of laps, which I don't tend to do. On my last lap I ran into some traffic so I wasn't able to improve any further but I am happy with the job done and the most important thing today is our race pace. It has been one of the best weekends of the year so far so hopefully we can follow it up in the race tomorrow, although I know Randy will make life difficult for me. I have unfinished business because I wanted to set a 1'35 today so I'll be trying hard to do that tomorrow."

Press release courtesy of Power Electronics Aspar.

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