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Espargaró and De Puniet set CRT pace

Espargaró and De Puniet set CRT pace

Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaró was the fastest rider on the new breed MotoGP machines this afternoon after his teammate Randy De Puniet had taken that honour this morning.

As the early summer heat grew in intensity this afternoon there was frantic work on both sides of the garage as the riders tested a variety of settings and tyres, finishing the day with the Spaniard in thirteenth place and the Frenchman fourteenth, both of them just over 2.5 seconds off Lorenzo's pace - not a huge gap considering the length of the main straight at this circuit.

Aleix Espargaró

"I am very happy to have started the weekend well. It is always as stressful as it is good fun for me here because I have all my family and friends around. We changed a lot of things on the bike from the morning to the afternoon but I have been having fun out there all day. I think we have found the right way forward for the rest of the weekend and it looks like my team-mate has too so it would be nice to see us battling to be the top CRT again in qualifying tomorrow. It is going to be very hot here this weekend and we'll have to take that into account for the race because tyre choice could be crucial in the later laps."

Randy de Puniet

"We worked with hard tyres on the front and rear this morning and the session went well. In the afternoon we experimented with some different settings and found some good and bad things. I wanted to have another run on a soft tyre to get an idea of our potential and also make some back to back comparisons between the two compounds but we had an engine problem and that cost me the last five laps of the session. I reckon the soft tyre is worth half a second so hopefully we can confirm that tomorrow. It is always a shame to have a mechanical setback like this but it's better it happens today than Sunday."

MotoGP, 2012, GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA, Randy de Puniet, Aleix Espargaro, Power Electronics Aspar

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