The recent Sepang test made the CRT machines look completely out of their league against the factory MotoGP bikes. Indeed, the quickest CRT machine at Sepang (ridden by Colin Edwards – a BMW based entry) was more than five seconds off the leader’s pace at the test.
Randy de Puniet and his CRT Aprilia were not at the Sepang test, however. De Puniet, along with some of the other Aprilia CRT riders, has just finished a test at Jerez that casts a whole new light on the CRT (Claiming Rule Team) performance potential for this season. De Puniet lapped Jerez in a best time of 1 minute 40.3 seconds . . . a quick time even among MotoGP factory times set at Jerez.
For comparison, Dani Pedrosa set the official MotoGP lap record at Jerez on a factory Honda in 2010 with a time of 1 minute 39.731 seconds, just a hair over half a second quicker than de Puniet went on his new Aprilia powered CRT bike! Although the top factory riders were not at Jerez for this same test, Hector Barbera of the satellite Ducati team Pramac was present and was able to lap only 0.3 seconds quicker than de Puniet. Barbera was the fastest satellite team rider at the Sepang test.