Czech GP: LCR Honda qualifying report

DE PUNIET FASTEST HRC PRIVATE RIDER AT BRNO GP QUALIFYING Brno, 14 August: Qualifying for the Czech Repulic Grand Prix was run in hot conditions today with ambience temperature of 25o.C despite cloudy skies and fog welcomed the premier class ...

DE PUNIET FASTEST HRC PRIVATE RIDER AT BRNO GP QUALIFYING

Brno, 14 August: Qualifying for the Czech Repulic Grand Prix was run in hot conditions today with ambience temperature of 25o.C despite cloudy skies and fog welcomed the premier class riders this morning. Just after 25 days LCR Honda MotoGP racer Randy De Puniet again dug deep into his reserves to overcome the pain recording an incredible 11th fastest time of the day (1'58.089).

Battling pain and displaying great determination the Frenchman improved his pace session by session getting the 14th place in this morning second free practice. The 29-year-old received a pain-killing injection prior to this afternoon's 60-minute session struggling to get the most out of his machine on qualifiers and he bravely qualified as the best HRC satellite rider ahead of Simoncelli and Melandri. Tomorrow's 22 lap race will get underway at 14:00 local time with Pedrosa, Spies and Lorenzo on the front row.

De Puniet -- 11th-- 1'58.089

De Puniet: "Well... it is awesome to qualify 11th just after 25 days after my operation. I am only 1 tenth to the third row and this is incredible considering my physical condition. Yesterday I focused on easing my body back into the demands of riding my machine and today we experienced three mid-long run (8 to 10 laps) with good results. I know that the race will be tough but if I can keep this pace I could ride for a top ten finish. Many riders crashed this morning and it also happened to me but luckily I escaped unhurt from the incident. I am delighted because my leg is improving day by day even if I will need a painkiller injection to finish tomorrow's 22 laps".

-source: lcr

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