TOUGH RACE FOR DE PUNIET IN INDIANAPOLIS Indianapolis, 30 August: after yesterdays physically demanding qualifying session, the LCR Honda MotoGP racer Randy De Puniet started from the 12th place for the 28-lap race at the spectacular...
TOUGH RACE FOR DE PUNIET IN INDIANAPOLIS
Indianapolis, 30 August: after yesterdays physically demanding qualifying session, the LCR Honda MotoGP racer Randy De Puniet started from the 12th place for the 28-lap race at the spectacular Indianapolis circuit which celebrate its 100th anniversary. The 12th round of the season got underway at 15:00 local time with sunny skies and ambience temperature of 20o.C ahead 146.680 fans.
The Frenchman riding the Honda RC212V is still suffering from the motocross injury suffered four weeks ago but after the Czech Republic GP the broken left ankle was considerably improved. However the 4.216 km track is heavily biased with ten left hand corners and six right hand corners which make changing direction very punishing. The 28-year-old got a good start from the fourth row and was up into 10th by the end of the first lap but had to battle through the pain and struggled a lot for a wrong rear tyre choice that prevented him to end in the top ten. Now LCR Team will move straight to Misano circuit for the San Marino e Riviera di Rimini GP on the 6th of September.
De Puniet -- 12th: "In yesterdays' practices I felt better on a hard rear tyre and that was my choice for todays' 28-lap race. But obviously it has been the wrong decision! From the beginning I had not enough grip on the left and I could not open the throttle where I would like. I thought that the grip would have improved after a few laps but it did not happen and I struggled for the whole race. At seven laps to go I also went wide on turn two and Elias and Vermeulen were faster than me today. The ankle aches a lot like in Brno but I think that Misano race track will suite me better than Indy".