DE PUNIET 8th FASTEST IN THE QUALIFYING AT "THE ISLAND" Phillip Island, 17 October: Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Australia was run in dry conditions today with ambience temperature of 17o.C (the asphalt temperature rose up to 32o.C) though...
DE PUNIET 8th FASTEST IN THE QUALIFYING AT "THE ISLAND"
Phillip Island, 17 October: Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Australia was run in dry conditions today with ambience temperature of 17o.C (the asphalt temperature rose up to 32o.C) though the rain-shower of this morning second free session, and the LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet made solid progress ending the day 8th gaining the third row for the third last round of this season.
After yesterday's difficult session due to some rear grip issues, the Frenchman aboard the Honda RC212V kept working hard with his squad despite a small crash in this morning wet free session and set impressive lap times in the afternoon qualifying at the 4.448 km race track clocking his quickest lap time of 1'31.380 less than three tenths off the front row time. Randy is the third placed Honda in the grid for tomorrow's 27 lap-race that gets underway at 16:00 local time. Pole position was claimed by Australian hero Casey Stoner on Ducati followed by Rossi and Pedrosa.
De Puniet -- 8th -- 1'31.380
De Puniet -- 8th: "We are finally back where we should be. After yesterday's rear grip issues we had to focus on the bike set up testing different settings in order to reduce the problem. In this morning free session I crashed in turn one because I lost the rear and once I came in to jump onto bike number two it started to rain heavily. Then in the qualifying session I felt immediately comfortable on the bike and was able to get more speed improving my pace lap by lap. All the adjustments we made yesterday are working pretty well; I still have to do my tyre choice for the race but we will focus on that in tomorrow's warm up".