German GP: LCR Honda qualifying report

DE PUNIET TAKES 7th SPOT ON THE GRID DESPITE AN AWFUL CRASH Sachsenring, 17 July: As predicted by the weather forecast, cloudy skies and lower temperatures welcomed the 800cc riders this morning at the 3.671 km German track which hosts the eight...

DE PUNIET TAKES 7th SPOT ON THE GRID DESPITE AN AWFUL CRASH

Sachsenring, 17 July: As predicted by the weather forecast, cloudy skies and lower temperatures welcomed the 800cc riders this morning at the 3.671 km German track which hosts the eight round of the season. This morning second free session at Sachsenring was conducted in the dry but the asphalt temperature reached 26 degrees only and the LCR Honda MotoGP racer Randy de Puniet set the 5th fastest time continuing his set up work aboard the RC212V equipped with a new electronic software.

The Frenchman once again displayed his affinity with the technical and tight German track and was ready to take the best from his machine in today's 60-minute qualifying session. Unfortunately at 25 minutes to go Lorenzo's bike engine blew up spraying oil onto the track at turn one. Spies crashed and Randy braked to 150km/h before crashing on the oil. The session was red-flagged and the 29-year-old reached the Medical Centre to check his painful right ankle and after a double X-ray Randy was decided fit for the race as he suffered a small scratch of the tibia only. De Puniet set a best lap time of 1'22.610 and will start from tomorrow's 30-lap race from the third row.

De Puniet - 7th - 1'22.610

De Puniet: "What can I say? I am lucky because all my bones are whole! We have been working good with the new software and I was up there for the whole session. I was on my last lap on hard tyre and was ready to come in to swap on soft ones but suddenly Jorge's engine blew up on the straight and after few seconds the surface was full of oil. It happened too quick and nobody had the time to react or to display the board. Spies crashed in front of me and I did the same onto his bike hurting myself heavily. After last year left ankle fracture I was seriously worried about my conditions but it's just a scratch of the right tibia. But it aches very much! Of course I won't be at 100% for tomorrow but my race pace is quite good and will do my best to take as many points as possible".

-source: lcr honda

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