Espargaró tied with De Puniet after taking top CRT spot in U.S.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaró took top CRT honours at the Laguna Seca GP in the U.S. whilst teammate Randy de Puniet was hindered by a first turn incident.

Between them, Espargaró and De Puniet have now taken CRT honours in eight of the opening ten races, five of them going the Spaniard's way after today's ninth place. Espargaró spent all 32 laps of today's race as the leading CRT on track, although he would surely have come under more threat from De Puniet if it weren't for the Frenchman getting run off track by another rider in turn one. An impressive fight-back to eleventh place means the pair are now tied on 33 points in the championship with eight races remaining.

Aleix Espargaró

"I am really happy with the result, although I didn't actually enjoy the race as much as some others. I have struggled for front feel all weekend and not been able to get the bike turning as well as at other tracks. We improved it a little bit for today and after a good start I was able to push hard for the first three laps behind Valentino, which allowed me to open a gap and hold it to the end. I didn't know that Randy had run off but I did think it was strange that he wasn't running with me in the race because our pace was so similar. I would prefer to beat him fair and square but the important thing is to finish as the top CRT. This season has been fantastic so far, the team are giving me a lot of support and putting everything into every race so I want to thank them all for the results we have achieved together up to now."

Randy De Puniet

"I am really annoyed to have been pushed off track in turn one because it cost me my chance to finish as the top CRT here in America. I almost crashed but luckily I was able to stay on and finish the race. My pace after that was fast and consistent so I am happy with that. I had to stay focused and pass a few riders and managed to finish eleventh so we have to be pleased. I would have liked to have caught Karel and Aleix and I gave everything I had but the time we lost at the start was too much to make up. At the end of the day we could have come away from here with nothing but we have picked up some important points for the championship. Once again it was a great team effort and we just need to continue in the same way at the next race."

Press release courtesy of Power Electronics Aspar.

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