Aspar Team ART
Power Electronics Aspar rider Randy De Puniet made an error with his tyre choice for the race, but teammate Aleix Espargaró would have been tough to beat in the competition to be the best CRT rider at the Catalan GP.
After a battle between the two and Michele Pirro, it was Espargaró who took the honour at his home race, with Pirro separating the two teammates. Espargaró holds an advantage in the CRT overall standings after his latest performance.
De Puniet went with a harder rear tyre, but the variation in conditions did not play into his hands. The Frenchman lost feel with his ART, but nonetheless put up a fight to cross the line fifteenth.
"For the most part we have been faster than our rivals this weekend, but we still had a difficult race today. It was necessary to dig deep in order to finish as the best CRT. I was missing a few tenths with a soft tyre in practice, but I knew that we had a strong race pace. Once again we were very strong from the midway point onwards. I think that we are doing things well and I am happy with that. It was a great feeling to give my all and achieve my objective in front of such great home fans. I want to dedicate this result to my brother, who had a tough break today."
Randy de Puniet
"I think that we made a mistake with our tyre Choice. We had good feedback from the hard rear yesterday and the times were good, so we decided to go with it for the race. However, today the track conditions were different from the start and I began to feel strange with the bike. I knew the my teammate and the other CRT riders had put gone for the soft compound, so I waited thinking that at the midway point I would have things easier. That didn't happen with the rear, and to add to that I made a few mistakes changing gear that lost me over a second. Now we have to analyse what happened today and see where we went wrong with the tyre choice. We still haven't finished a race 100% happy, so we will continue fighting so that this can happen at Silverstone."