Randy de Puniet matched his best qualifying of the season with tenth position at Indianapolis on Saturday - despite suffering a major scare when trackside debris cut through the front brake line on his Aspar ART machine.
“I think I could have improved my lap time a little more but I caught one of the protective poles into turn one and it cut through the brake cable so I was lucky not to crash,” said de Puniet, whose best lap was 1.6s from Dani Pedrosa's pole time.
de Puniet outpaced three manufacturer machines in qualifying - including the factory Ducati of seven time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi.
“Tenth place is a good result, it equals my best grid of the year from Jerez. It is hard work at this track but we have worked well and I hope we can back it up tomorrow.”
de Puniet is currently tied on points with team-mate Aleix Espargaro for top CRT honours in the world championship standings. Espargaro will start from twelfth on the grid.