De Puniet once again top CRT in Misano

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet was once again top CRT in Misano as Aleix Espargaró encountered a bike issue.

De Puniet was impeded from the first lap after receiving a blow from another rider, but he was soon back in the thick of it, chasing down his teammate Espargaró, catching up with him by lap six. After following his colleague's moves for ten laps, De Puniet made his decision to overtake, but Espargaró countered the Frenchman and fought back. It looked as though the pair would fight for CRT supremacy in the final stages, but with four laps to go the Catalan rider was forced out with a technical issue, leaving De Puniet to cross the line on his own, in ninth place. In gaining seven more points De Puniet takes the lead in the CRT standings, three points ahead of Espargaró.

Randy de Puniet

"I am happy, because when Héctor touched me just after the back straight I was lucky not to crash. I lost a lot of places and I was nearly at the back of the group. I needed to force things in order to regain ground. I reached Aleix and stuck with him for seven laps. I didn't really feel very comfortable, because after running off track I noticed that the bike was locking up at the front on all the right-handers. I decided to wait to pass my teammate. At the end of the race he unfortunately had a mechanical issue and was unable to continue, so I'm sorry for him. We were able to complete the race, took a lot of points and are back in front in the CRT standings.”

Aleix Espargaró

"It was a real shame to have the problem as I'd got away well. It was tough to get into race pace in the early stages but lap-by-lap I was getting more comfortable. Today I was quicker than I had been earlier in the weekend and once my teammate caught me I was able to fight properly with him. Once he overtook me I was riding smoothly and waiting to attack but with seven laps to go I noticed an engine fault and four laps from the end I had to stop on the final straight. If I had not had that problem I would still be provisional CRT leader, but now is not the time to worry about that. There are five race to go and we need to keep fighting."

Press release courtesy of Power Electronics Aspar.

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