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Espargaró leaves Malaysia leading the CRT pack

Espargaró leaves Malaysia leading the CRT pack

Power Electronics Aspar rider Aleix Espargaró was, for the third consecutive day, the fastest CRT competitor.

He again chipped tenths off his best time, dropping six-tenths off his previous best for a 2'02.628 lap. That was quicker than his qualifying time for the Malaysian GP last October. He was the 12th fastest overall, ahead of several riders on official bikes. The Spaniard continued to try out his new ART chassis, with which he is having positive results. Teammate Randy de Puniet had a problematic day, following two previously positive test sessions. The Frenchman was unable to lower his lap time and could not continue to improve the setup of his new chassis.

Aleix Espargaró

"I am very happy. The new chassis works perfectly and we took a step forward today. It was very hot today and this morning I matched my best times from yesterday straight away. It is hard to ride fast when it is so hot. I didn't do my best lap until 1pm. I have only put in around 70 laps with this bike and the feeling is excellent, which has given us such a fast pace. We have to be satisfied with our best lap today, because it was an improvement on my qualifying time from last year. It is also the best CRT time by some way, and not too far off the MotoGP bikes. We have started the year very well, but we have to continue working and the next test will see us using the old bike to compare again."

Randy de Puniet

"The test was going very well up until today. We had found a few things with the new chassis that we liked, but today we lost our way a little. I don't know if it's down to the rise in temperature, but today there was much more front end chatter than on previous days. We tried lots of things, but none really convinced us. Besides today, we have a lot of information from these three days to look over, so over the next fortnight we will analyse it in detail so that we can come back to Sepang at the end of the month with solutions."

Press release courtesy of Power Electronics Aspar.

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