Private testing in Jerez continues

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Randy De Puniet continues to lead the MotoGP™ CRT field, while British rider James Ellison made his first laps on the ART prototype of the Paul Bird Racing team on the second day of the private test at Jerez.

Joining the new Claiming Rule Team bikes on track today was Briton James Ellison of the Paul Bird Motorsport Team, who made his first laps on the ART bike ahead of his return to the World Championship five years after finishing his last race in the premier class. Ellison reported being quite satisfied with the ART bike, completing 36 laps with a best time of 1’44.4.

Randy De Puniet was again the fastest rider aboard a CRT, the Frenchman set a best time of 1’40.9 at the controls of the Power Electronics Aspar Team ART while continuing to try new options with the electronics package. Despite struggling with grip levels today, De Puniet managed to complete the day 7 tenths of a second faster than his time from Monday.

Teammate Aleix Espargaró returned to the track after leaving early yesterday due to a fever. The Spaniard had two crashes today but was unhurt. "We have worked hard with the geometry of the bike to gain confidence in the front because I cannot turn as I would like or go fast enough in the corners. I went off track twice, because of the lack of feeling, but I could continue working as normal," explained the Aspar rider, who matched his best time of 1’42.6 set on Monday.

Mattia Pasini’s second day proved productive as the 26 year old bettered his time by 1.3 seconds on the Speed Master ART, just over a second behind de Puniet.

Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) joined the test this morning, completing 46 laps before he fell in a crash that sent his GP12 up into flames in addition to seriously damaging the front end and the chassis. The Czech rider escaped without serious injury but the Ducati team now have a daunting task ahead of them to repair the bike for Hector Barbera (Pramac Racing) to ride tomorrow, as the Spaniard was due to share the satellite Ducati with Abraham for one day each of testing. Ducati are hopeful that their mechanics can repair the bike tonight for the third and final day of testing.

Danilo Petrucci was the source of another red flag when he crashed his Ioda Racing Project machine after matching his best time of 1’43.3 of yesterday. The 21 year old Italian told motogp.com that he is not 100% sure that the team will be able to reassemble the bike in time for the last day of testing tomorrow, an important day as the Italian claims there is still a lot of work to be done on the electronics.

Unofficial lap times Tuesday (recorded by teams):

MotoGP (CRT)
1. Randy De Puniet, ART 1'40.9 (50 laps)
2. Mattia Pasini, ART 1'42.0 (53 laps)
3. Aleix Espargaró, ART 1’42.6 (45 laps)
4. Danilo Petrucci, IODA 1'43.3 (34 laps)
5. James Ellison, ART 1'44.4 (36 laps)

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