2012 CRT MotoGP
A few Claiming Rules Teams (CRT) wrapped up a three-day private at Jerez Wednesday, with Randy de Puniet once again topping the time sheets aboard the Power Electronics Aspar powered by Aprilia CRT.
The Frenchman recorded a best lap of 1:40.3, which was only three-tenths of a second off the only MotoGP prototype pilot’s time on the track Wednesday, Hector Barbera on the satellite Ducati GP12. To put this into perspective, the lap record at Jerez is 1:39.371, and was set by Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) in 2010.
De Puniet, who worked on tweaking suspension electronics for better rear grip on the ART (Aprilia Racing Team CRT), was followed by his teammate Aleix Espargaro, who posted a 1:41.1.
Another ART out on the track was the Speed Master bike piloted by Mattia Pasini; he finished the sessions by shaving seven-tenths from his team, concluding Wednesday with the third fastest time of 1:41.29.
Fourth quickest was Danilo Petrucci aboard the Ioda Racing Project CRT; he improved his best time by 1.7 second Wednesday, posting a 1:41.6. He did have a minor crash in the morning session, but was able to rejoin the test and resume work on the the Ioda’s electronics.
The final CRT on the track was James Ellison, who piloted a Paul Bird Motorsport ART. It was Ellison’s second day aboard the PBM ART, and he continued to get comfortable on the machine. The Brit improved his Tuesday lap time by almost two seconds, posting a 1:42.526 Wednesday.
MotoGP reports that Barberá concluded his one day test aboard the satellite GP12, the same test Ducati that caught fire as well as suffering significant additional damaged to the front end and chassis in Karel Abraham’s (Cardion AB Motoracing) crash yesterday. The Ducati technicians worked through the night and presented the Desmosedici to the Spaniard, who was then able to post a best time of 1’40.0 on the repaired machine.
The teams and riders now have one week to work with the data gathered before the next private test session March 8-9 March at Aragon i Spain.
Unofficial lap times Wednesday (recorded by teams):
1. Héctor Barberá, Ducati 1’40.0
1. Randy De Puniet, ART 1’40.3 (66 laps)
2. Aleix Espargaró, ART 1’41.1 (60 laps)
3. Mattia Pasini, ART 1’41.29 (47 laps)
4. Danilo Petrucci, IODA 1’41.6 (62 laps)
5. James Ellison, ART 1’42.526 (53 laps)