Italian GP: LCR Honda qualifying report

LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet rode his Honda RC212V to 6th place today in a very hot qualifying session at stunning Mugello circuit in readiness for the tomorrow's 23-lap race that gets underway at 14:00 local time. Today's both premier...

LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet rode his Honda RC212V to 6th place today in a very hot qualifying session at stunning Mugello circuit in readiness for the tomorrow's 23-lap race that gets underway at 14:00 local time. Today's both premier class sessions were conducted with ambient temperature of 30o.C while the asphalt reached 51o. and the French rider continued to search for the optimum setting from his machine.

After this morning's 5th position in the second free practice, De Puniet was again in sparkling form clocking his best lap time of 1'49.737 (on lap 24 of 26) 0.918ss behind today's pace setter. The 29-year-old set consistent fast lap times on qualifying trim at the 5245m track lying in third place for long spells and he gained the second row for the fourth time this year (second Honda rider on the starting grid). Pedrosa leads tomorrow's fourth round front row followed by Lorenzo and Stoner.

De Puniet:

"I am a bit disappointed because I had the potential to start from the front row but I did lose some time at the end of my best flying lap because somebody crashed in front of me and after that I made a small mistake on turn 5. We could have improved a couple of tenths there. Anyway considering the overall package we are very pleased about this fourth consecutive second row. We still have to fix something about the race tyres because we had some small grip issues on the maximum angle in this afternoon session but it looks like everybody has to face the same problem on race set up".

-source: lcr

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