De Puniet and Espargaró dominate CRT field in Czech Republic

Friday, 24 August 2012

It was largely a day of experimentation for Power Electronics Aspar riders Aleix Espargaró and Randy De Puniet although both were satisfied with their performances by the close of play.

De Puniet clocked an impressive 1'58.667 this morning but was unable to match his pace in the afternoon whilst the reverse was true of Espargaró, who struggled with his set-up in the opening session but later found his feet after changing back to the base setting that served him so well at Mugello last month.

Randy de Puniet

"We had a good session this morning when we put the soft tyre in and had a lot of grip mid-corner. We changed a few things with the gearbox setting this afternoon and it didn't work so we'll have to take a step backwards tomorrow. We have also done some tyre testing and again the feeling wasn't the same as this morning but it is important to try these things in practice so you can rule certain things out. At the end of the session we got back into the groove we had this morning so we'll use those same settings tomorrow."

Aleix Espargaró

"I am happy with this afternoon’s session because we improved a lot from this morning. I wasn't feeling comfortable with the bike but we made some big changes on my second bike and went back to the setting we had at Mugello. Like Brno it is a fast track and quite similar in a few other ways so we were able to make some big improvements quite quickly and my lap time was dropping further when we ran into some traffic at the end. Anyway this afternoon's session has given me confidence for the rest of the weekend. Everything we tried worked so we know what we need to do tomorrow."

Press release courtesy of Power Electronics Aspar.

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