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Aspar pair both crash in same corner but set the CRT pace in Japan

Aspar pair both crash in same corner but set the CRT pace in Japan

There were mixed fortunes for the Power Electronics Aspar riders, who both recorded positive results but also crashed in the same corner.

Aleix Espargaró and Randy de Puniet both lost the front in turn nine, the Spaniard in the morning and the Frenchman in the afternoon. However, they led the CRT charge once again, Espargaró finishing thirteenth and fastest of the new concept MotoGP machines with De Puniet closing out the top fifteen.

Aleix Espargaró

"I am happy with our performance today and the bike worked very well. We made a few chances and it improved quite a lot from one session to the next. I crashed this morning because I didn't have a feel for the front but thanks to the mechanic we were able to improve the situation for the second session. I am satisfied with this for a first day but we need to keep working to improve the rear traction. We have to keep going in the same way as the last race to close down the points gap to Randy in the championship on Sunday."

Randy De Puniet

"To crash at the start of the second session was a real shame because it broke our rhythm. I didn't feel anything at the time but now my ankle is starting to hurt because it got caught under the bike. I went back out on the second bike and usually I struggle to get on the pace with it but today my lap time was positive. This morning the feeling wasn't as good as I'd hoped so we'll have a look over everything and see where we can improve. I also want to find out why I had such a stupid crash."

Press release courtesy of Power Electronics Aspar.

MotoGP, 2012, AIRASIA GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Randy De Puniet, Aleix Espargaro, Power Electronics Aspar

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