Aragon GP: LCR Honda Friday report

RAINY ARAGON GP OPENING DAY FOR MOTOGP RIDERS Aragon, 17th September: the first day of practices at all-new Aragon Motorland race track which hosts the 13th round of the season was conducted today in damp conditions as cloudy skies and poor rain...

RAINY ARAGON GP OPENING DAY FOR MOTOGP RIDERS

Aragon, 17th September: the first day of practices at all-new Aragon Motorland race track which hosts the 13th round of the season was conducted today in damp conditions as cloudy skies and poor rain welcomed the premier class riders since the early morning. The timetable for track action this weekend sees the reintroduction of Friday morning practice for the first time since 2008. This gave the teams a welcome extra opportunity for exploring set-up options and subsequently analysing data in preparation for the race on Sunday. All four practice and qualifying sessions have been reduced to 45-minutes in duration so that the overall track time available remains equal to the replaced three one-hour sessions.

LCR Honda MotoGP Team racer Randy De Puniet experienced his first outing aboard his RC212V at 5.078km this morning chasing the best adjustments and gathering extra data for the second free session. The Frenchman posted a positive 7th fastest lap time (2'03.801) in the afternoon despite some engine brake issues.

De Puniet -- 7th -- 2'03.801

De Puniet: "We had two free sessions today after a long time which I think it is good to learn the track but 45 minutes are not enough to make some runs. However this morning my pace was quite good (close to the top-six) considering that I lapped on same tyres for the whole session. I expected to do the same this afternoon but the track conditions changed due to the rain shower early in the session. After a 4-lap first run we struggled with some engine brake problems and I came in to adjust the engine mapping but it took us a little longer than what we expected and we still have to fix the problem. Anyway I am pretty satisfied about this first day of practices and I feel confident on this track both in the dry and in the wet".

-source: lcr honda

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