Indianapolis GP: LCR Honda Friday report

DEMANDING OPENING DAY FOR DE PUNIET AT INDY Indianapolis, 27 August: LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet clocked the 17th fastest lap time at today's opening free practice session at Indianapolis Speedway race track which hosts the 11th round...

DEMANDING OPENING DAY FOR DE PUNIET AT INDY

Indianapolis, 27 August: LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet clocked the 17th fastest lap time at today's opening free practice session at Indianapolis Speedway race track which hosts the 11th round of the calendar. Sunny skies welcomed the MotoGP circus this morning (air temperature of 28 degrees) at the famous American circuit and the premier class riders joined the track at 13:55 local time to fine tune their machines ahead Sunday's 28-lap race.

The LCR Honda MotoGP Team racer Randy De Puniet is still recovering from the left leg injury he suffered 6 weeks ago during the German GP and he also struggled with set up issues in his first outing here. The Frenchman is not a big fan of the 4.216 km race track and its layout, with 10 lefts and six rights, is taxing the limits of his conditions.

De Puniet -- 17th-- 1'42.987

De Puniet: "Well... I am not a big fan of this track and with all these left corners is a bit hard for me. However our main issue today was the bike set up and I did not expect such a bad feeling. From the beginning we have tried to go out with the hard compound but we have been missing a lot of rear grip. I struggled in changing directions and in the entry and exit of the corners the bike slid too much. After that we made some adjustments on the bike and towards the end we lapped on soft tyre getting some improvements. But it is not enough! I am sure the guys will work hard to give me a better feeling for tomorrows sessions".

-source: lcr

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