De Puniet makes history as first CRT rider to lead a MotoGP™ practice

Friday, 9 November 2012

The Power Electronics Aspar Team rider pushes through mixed track conditions to end the opening day of the final round of the season on top of the timesheets

The final action of the season started out on a wet Ricardo Tormo circuit this morning, with mixed conditions in the afternoon meaning the majority of MotoGP riders opted not to take part in the second session until the very latter stages. Still only sixteen riders turned a wheel this afternoon but none of them did so as quickly as POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Team rider Randy De Puniet, who made history as the first CRT rider ever to end a day of MotoGP practice on top of the timesheets.

After lapping ninth fastest on the wet track this morning De Puniet showed his confidence to tackle the tricky conditions in the afternoon. The Frenchman is determined to finish the season with a good result at his team's home Grand Prix and he certainly showed his intentions today.

Randy de Puniet

"This morning I felt very comfortable with the bike and even though the track was wet and the rear was moving around I could tell that the new surface has good grip. The bumps have been taken out and it is easier to ride. The track conditions this afternoon were mixed but we tried to get a feeling for the slicks in the damp. It was hard to tell where the circuit was wet and where it was dry because the tarmac is dark. Even so I felt comfortable and I am happy because we finished the session on top. It's a shame we had an engine problem because it meant we had to finish four minutes early."

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