DE PUNIET COMPLETES HIS "TO DO LIST" AT MUGELLO OPENING DAY
Mugello, 4 June: LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet posted the eleventh fastest lap time today in a very hot opening day of Sunday's fourth round of the season at the magnificent Italian Mugello race track. The first free session of the Italian Grand Prix was conducted with track temperature of 50o.C and the 29-year-old riding the Honda RC212V no. 14 completed 25 laps at the 5.245 km circuit clocking his best lap time of 1'51.605.
Following his strong start of the season, the LCR squad arrived in Tuscany to consolidate his hold on sixth place in the standing as a best private Team. The Frenchman completed a productive day of race set-up in advance of Sunday's 23 lap race working on engine mapping. The air temperature rose up to 30o.C and the premier class riders had to battle hard against the hot conditions. Today's pacesetter Rossi set a fastest lap time of 1'49.751.
De Puniet -- 11 th -- 1'51.605
De Puniet -- 11th: "People could be disappointed about our position in the classification but we have followed our standard TO DO list lapping on the same tyre throughout the session and we are pretty satisfied about the bike set up. We did over the race distance with the front and rear race tyre and we have been working on the race set up. I jumped onto bike number two with different settings but I felt more comfortable on bike number one. Anyway the overall package is quite good and I am confident ahead tomorrow's qualifying: we can easily aim to a second row start but we need to improve the traction control".