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Espargaró remains the CRT rider to beat in Sepang

Espargaró remains the CRT rider to beat in Sepang

Power Electronics Aspar rider Aleix Espargaró used the new chassis available for his ART for most of the second day in Sepang.

He was pleased with better handling on corners and under braking, and this was reflected in his times as he cut half a second off his first day hot lap. He was once again the best CRT rider of the day, followed for the second day in a row by teammate Randy De Puniet. The Frenchman was half a second off Espargaró and worked all day with his chassis. He was one of the few riders to go out in the rain to try wet weather settings.

Aleix Espargaró

"Today we again started very early, at 10am sharp. I am happy, because the new chassis works very well. My first stint of the day was undertaken with the 2012 chassis, as we wanted to confirm a few things, but from the second stint onwards we used the 2013 chassis and swingarm. My feeling increased gradually and I was able to ride faster than I did yesterday on the old bike, so I am very satisfied. I noted a few chatters and a lack of grip on the rear tyre, but that is normal when you start working on a new bike. On the fast corners the two bikes behave in a similar way. In the afternoon we were hit by rain just as we were about to go out again, so we decided to bring the day to an early end. I am happy that we were again the fastest CRT, and I hope that we can carry on in the same way."

Randy De Puniet

"Today we worked all day with the new chassis, trying out plenty of settings in order to find the best position. We feel better with every new test, especially with the front end on corners. Things were continually improving throughout the day and we were looking for a fast time in the afternoon, but unfortunately the rain put a stop to that. Besides the chassis, we also worked on our clutch and with a few things that you don't have time to try on a race weekend. Despite the rain, I went out on track in the last hour to try and get a feel for the wet conditions. I felt comfortable out there. Tomorrow we will put together all the improvements that we have found over the past two days and look for a fast time with which to leave Sepang."

Press release courtesy of Power Electronics Aspar.

MotoGP, 2013, Randy de Puniet, Aleix Espargaro, Power Electronics Aspar

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