Third CRT top-spot in a row for De Puniet
Power Electronics Aspar rider Randy De Puniet completed a trio of races at Mugello this Sunday, in which he has been the top CRT rider, following on from success in Holland, Germany and Great Britain.
He looked to lay down the same pace today as in practice and was once again out on his own. He leaves Italy as leader of the CRT riders, with 28 points to his name. Had it not been for a run-off on the second lap, Aleix Espargaró could well have challenged his teammate. The Power Electronics Aspar rider lacked feel at the beginning of the race with a full fuel tank, but responded to his setback by making a great comeback for thirteenth.
Randy De Puniet
"I am very happy. This is the third time in a row that we have reached our target of being the top CRT. These past two races there has even been a big difference between us. My start wasn't great, but I quickly focused on finding the pace that I had in practice. Soon I was riding alone, and once again it was a tough race in which I had to struggle to keep my concentration. I saw Spies ahead of me and he was useful as a reference point for keeping my pace up. I caught up to him and passed him, but he was able to return the favour before the line. I am very satisfied and I think that my team did a sensational job. It is very rewarding to take results like today's and I hope to do the same at the next GP. We have a good base and I think that at Laguna Seca we can get another great result."
"Today I started very well and on the first corner I was able to pass two official bikes on the outside. The opening two laps were really fun. Then, with the tank still full, I was unable to get a good pace going and I noticed that the bike wasn't cornering well. I wasn't comfortable, lost concentration and ran off track when I locked up the front. I recovered as well as quickly as I could and focused fully, trying to do my best to recover positions. I went fast and was able to cross the line as the second best CRT, behind my teammate Randy. I am happy, because I kept up a good pace despite the run-off, but our aim is to be the best CRT, so we will have to work hard and try again at Laguna Seca."