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A CRT first for Power Electronics Aspar

A CRT first for Power Electronics Aspar

Power Electronics Aspar made its own piece in history in qualifying for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, seeing two CRT-specification bikes into the Q2 shootout of qualifying for the first time.

In front of his home crowd at Le Mans, Randy de Puniet was quicker than teammate Aleix Espargaro in Q1 as he looked to out-qualify the Spaniard for the first time since the Australian Grand Prix of last year. Ultimately, the latter would prevail once again but the Valencia-based team was still highly pleased with its overall result.

“I'm the top CRT rider again today but, to be honest, it's been real hard work to put in fast lap times,” Espargaro admitted. “The cold track is hard for getting a good feeling and the setup is different to elsewhere; we've had to adapt it to the changeable conditions…both (of my) bikes are now set up perfectly, so we'll see which one to use for the race. We've been a step ahead of the rest of the CRTs in the opening three races, but Randy is on it here so we're alert.”

With Espargaro starting 11th on the grid, de Puniet will set off from 12th spot.

“In Q2 I couldn't improve on the Q1 time but we knew we had already used the new tyres,” he explains. “Anyway, the lap times are similar to my teammate's and I'm competitive again. We'll start together on the fourth row and I will stick to Aleix. Finally we've made a step in the right direction and I feel more comfortable on the bike. I have more confidence because it's the first weekend where we've been good from the start, so tomorrow I want to get a good result.”

Two prototype-equipped riders have been out-qualified by those of Aspar, whose nearest challenger in CRT terms is 15th-placed Hector Barbera of Avintia Blusens.

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