Catalunyan GP: LCR Honda qualifying report

FLYING DE PUNIET MISSED SECOND SPOT BY LESS THAN 0.1s TO STONER Montmelo, 3 July: The LCR Honda MotoGP Team rider Randy De Puniet rode his RC212V on the third spot for tomorrows 25-lap race at the hot Montmelo circuit which hosts the seventh...

FLYING DE PUNIET MISSED SECOND SPOT BY LESS THAN 0.1s TO STONER

Montmelo, 3 July: The LCR Honda MotoGP Team rider Randy De Puniet rode his RC212V on the third spot for tomorrows 25-lap race at the hot Montmelo circuit which hosts the seventh round of the season that will get underway tomorrow at 14:00 local time. The Frenchman continued his blistering run of form today by qualifying on front row as the best Honda rider on the grid for the third consecutive time after Silverstone and Assen GPS.

Air temperature soared to 37 degrees and the track surface reached a tyre-sizzling 53 making the 60-minute qualifying session harder for tyres and riders. After yesterdays edge-grip issues, LCR crew worked on machine adjustments to give the Frenchman more confidence in the undulating and fast curves of the Catalan circuit.

De Puniet --3rd -- 1'42.512

"I was a bit worried about the track temperature and the edge-grip but from the beginning of this afternoon session on race trim I was one of the fastest out there. Then we could work on race set up playing around with different mappings and electronic and after that I moved on soft tyres lapping immediately in 42.6. I really wanted to get this pole position but Casey and Jorge have been very fast today. I am very satisfied about this third consecutive front row and want to thank my guys for their excellent work. Tomorrow for the race it's a different story and we will have to see how the tyres will drop but we have been working on this since Friday so I am pretty confident. I think this could be the best race of the season for me".

-source: lcr honda

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