Japanese GP: LCR Honda Friday report

REAR GRIP ISSUE FOR RANDY AT MOTEGI GP OPENING DAY Motegi, 1 October: sunny skies and air temperature of 26 degrees welcomed the premier class riders today at opening free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at the Motegi Circuit which hosts...

REAR GRIP ISSUE FOR RANDY AT MOTEGI GP OPENING DAY

Motegi, 1 October: sunny skies and air temperature of 26 degrees welcomed the premier class riders today at opening free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at the Motegi Circuit which hosts the fourteenth round of the season. The 4.801 km track was built as a Honda track and the HRC riders have the added motivation for a good performance. This is the event that was postponed from its original date in April this year due to the widespread travel disruption caused by the erupting Icelandic volcano.

LCR Honda racer Randy de Puniet completed the first session 14th overall clocking his fastest lap time of 1'49.957 (on lap 22 of 24). LCR squad worked to fine tune the base set-up testing some tyres ahead tomorrow's predicted bad weather but the Frenchman aboard the RC212V struggled with rear grip issue.

De Puniet -- 14th -- 1'49.957

De Puniet: "Well... the first part of the session was pretty positive but when I tried to push I could not really improve my lap time. We had some rear grip problems and I could not handle the bike as I would like. We are missing edge grip and I can not do consistent lap times in these conditions. I am not happy about this first practice but I know the guys will work on suspension regulations to give me a better bike for tomorrows qualifying session".

-source: lcr

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Randy de Puniet