DE PUNIET IN GOOD FORM AT JEREZ LCR Honda MotoGP Team rider Randy De Puniet was in sparkling form today with the second fastest lap time at Jerez de la Frontera for the first day of testing at the Spanish track. The premier class riders were...
DE PUNIET IN GOOD FORM AT JEREZ
LCR Honda MotoGP Team rider Randy De Puniet was in sparkling form today with the second fastest lap time at Jerez de la Frontera for the first day of testing at the Spanish track. The premier class riders were able to go about their business throughout the whole day thanks to the sunny skies with a temperature of 18. Today's frontrunner Nicky Hayden set the pace with a 1'39.200 lap time whilst the Frenchman aboard the Michelin-shod Honda RC212V nr. 14 clocked impressive times on race tyres.
De Puniet completed 82 laps working on tyres testing and new 2008 engine regulations and, at the end of the day, he came out on qualifiers with very good results (1'39.444). Randy's tomorrow "to do" list will include also rain tyres testing as he is expecting bad weather.
De Puniet: "I am quite satisfied today. Since the first laps in the morning I felt that the bike was much better than the last test in November. I started to set good lap times on race tyres and my pace was very consistent. Once I came out with a new compound rear tyre I immediately cut six tenths of a second compared with the best lap time of last November and I felt surprised about it. Honestly my pace on race tyres has been impressive since the first run-out on this bike. Then, at the end of the session, I lapped on qualifiers clocking up some consistent and fast lap times. We got the new engine here but I was expecting something different. The power delivery is very smooth and like it but the maximum power has to be improved. We will work on it".