MotoGP »

De Puniet seals best CRT qualifying result of season

'We start from the third row, which is a great achievement for a CRT bike, having been seventh fastest this morning' - Randy de Puniet
Frenchman Randy de Puniet produced a sizzling performance at Phillip Island to claim the best qualifying result by a CRT rider this season in ninth place.

The Power Electronics Aspar rider's 1m 31.667s lap put him ahead of factory Ducati star Nicky Hayden and just 0.006s adrift of Valentino Rossi in eighth.

De Puniet, who starts from row three at the penultimate round of the MotoGP World Championship on his ART, had been seventh fastest in morning practice.

He has failed to score points at the previous two rounds of the championship and is desperate to close the 10-point deficit to team-mate Aleix Espargaro in their personal duel to end the campaign as top CRT rider.

Espargaro qualified in 12th position, three tenths of a second behind De Puniet, who felt he had the potential to improve his pace further until conditions changed at the end of final qualifying.

“I am really happy with the way things are going this weekend,” De Puniet said.

“We have been fast from the start and my feeling with the bike is great here.

“I am really enjoying myself and I hope this continues tomorrow through to the end of the race.

“We start from the third row, which is a great achievement for a CRT bike, having been seventh fastest this morning,” he added.

“I think we could have gone even faster in qualifying this afternoon but the conditions changed at the end of the session.

“Anyway I feel comfortable and confident. The objective is to hang on to the prototypes in the race and see what happens.”

De Puniet is focused on closing the gap to Espargaro, but isn't taking anything for granted as he bids to claw back ground.

“I need to pull as many points back as possible on my team-mate but it will be tough because he is looking strong here too,” he said.

“Today was a great day; hopefully tomorrow is another one.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
De Puniet, Australian MotoGP 2012
Jorge Martinez `Aspar` presents Marc Marquez with 2014 MotoGP world champion certificate at FIM Awards (Pic: Aspar)
Francesco Bagnaia tests new Aspar Mahindra (pic: Aspar)
Francesco Bagnaia tests new Aspar Mahindra (pic: Aspar)
Randy Krummenacher tests JiR (pic: JiR)
Hayden, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Hayden, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Hayden, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Hayden, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Hayden, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Hayden, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Hayden, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Pol Espargaro, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Aleix Espargaro, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Hayden slide, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Mike Hunt - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 11:55 AM

why dont they increase the engine allowance to 1 a race for the CRTs. they would still be way cheaper than the factory bikes to run and they would have world superbike equivalent power. then lets see how the CRTs go..



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.