Indianapolis GP: LCR Honda qualifying report

DEJa VU FOR BATTLING DE PUNIET AT INDIANAPOLIS RACE TRACK Indianapolis, 28 August: The sun shined at Indianapolis Speedway race track today for final qualifying which saw the 800c riders struggling with grip level as the asphalt temperature rose...

DEJa VU FOR BATTLING DE PUNIET AT INDIANAPOLIS RACE TRACK

Indianapolis, 28 August: The sun shined at Indianapolis Speedway race track today for final qualifying which saw the 800c riders struggling with grip level as the asphalt temperature rose up to 54 degrees. With the bumps and surface changes at this track presenting a particular set of problems to the MotoGP riders, LCR Honda MotoGP racer Randy De Puniet worked hard with his crew to understand the best approach for the Indy circuit.

The Frenchman riding the LCR RC212V completed 26 laps in this afternoon qualifying session, setting his fastest time of 1'41.923 on the penultimate of those and placed 17th on the timesheet ahead 28-lap race that will get underway at 3.00 pm local time. De Puniet spent the two hour-long sessions today narrowing down the set-up options for his Honda race bike at the 4.216km circuit battling through the pain but could not find his rhythm.

De Puniet -- 17th-- 1'41.923

De Puniet: "Before coming here I knew that it was not going to be easy for me because of my injured leg and this track layout is not helping my physical condition. I had the same experience last year when I raced with a broken ankle. Then, from the beginning of the weekend, we have had some issues on the bike and we have been trying different adjustments so far, but I do not feel comfortable enough yet. I have tried hard to close the gap to the others but I am struggling a lot especially on the brakes. We still have tomorrows warm up to fine-tune the bike because my target is to score as many points as possible".

-source: lcr

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