Catalunyan GP: LCR Honda qualifying report

DE PUNIET SHINES AT BARCELONA QUALIFYING Qualifying for the Catalunya Grand Prix was run in dry conditions today with ambience temperature of 21C and the LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet made solid progress ending the day 4th gaining his...

DE PUNIET SHINES AT BARCELONA QUALIFYING

Qualifying for the Catalunya Grand Prix was run in dry conditions today with ambience temperature of 21C and the LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet made solid progress ending the day 4th gaining his best qualifying result so far aboard the Honda machine.

After some set-up changes to his Michelin-shod Honda RC212V branded with EUROBET colours for this event (one of the world's largest integrated betting and gaming group), the 27-year-old was confident that he had solved the set-up problems that slowed him in free practice yesterday at the 4.727 km Spanish circuit. Despite his left little finger ache due to the Mugello crash, De Puniet clocked his quickest lap time of 1'41.571 on lap 24 less than four tenths off the fastest lap of the day.

De Puniet will start from the second row for tomorrow's 25-lap race that gets underway at 14:00. Pole position was claimed by Stoner on Ducati.

De Puniet -- 4th: "I am very happy because it's my best result so far this year in qualifying and I also had a very good feeling on race tyres as I lapped consistently fast. My crew made a perfect set-up job on the bike after yesterday's problems and now I feel more comfortable. I can easily handle the front-end in the braking setting my pace lap by lap. They adjusted the chassis set-up and we found acceptable rear grip. We still have to fix some points but now the overall package works pretty well. My hands still ache but it's not a big problem. We will see after the race".

-credit: lcr.mc

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