Friday, February 3, 2012

2012 Valencia CRT Test Day 2 Times: De Puniet, Espargaro And Pasini Improve, Despite The Cold

The second day of testing at Valencia for the Aspar and Speed Master teams saw all three Aprilia-mounted riders improve their times significantly, despite conditions being much worse. Temperatures dropped significantly from yesterday, and a cold wind picked up making the track too cold to ride during the morning, the riders only taking to the track at noon. Randy de Puniet was fastest once again, ahead of his Aspar teammate Aleix Espargaro and Speed Master's Mattia Pasini, but both newcomers closed the gap significantly to the French MotoGP veteran, Espargaro getting to within seven tenths of De Puniet, Pasini wthin a second and a half.

De Puniet dived under the 1'35 barrier, posting a time of 1'34.9 and closing in on the time he set on the Ducati GP11 at the Valencia race event last November. Espargaro came close to matching De Puniet's time from yesterday, while Pasini matched the Spaniard's time from Monday. The progress was mainly down to the work being done on electronics, as both the Aspar and the Speed Master team work to match the Aprilia's electronics package to the Bridgestone tires. All three riders hailed the potential the Aprilia showed, despite the cold conditions.

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