Japanese GP: LCR qualifying report

DE PUNIET TAKES 7th SPOT ON MOTEGI GP GRID Motegi, 2 October: the LCR Honda MotoGP Team rider Randy De Puniet rode his RC212V on the 7th spot for tomorrows 24-lap race at Twin Ring Motegi circuit which hosts the fourteenth round of the season...

DE PUNIET TAKES 7th SPOT ON MOTEGI GP GRID

Motegi, 2 October: the LCR Honda MotoGP Team rider Randy De Puniet rode his RC212V on the 7th spot for tomorrows 24-lap race at Twin Ring Motegi circuit which hosts the fourteenth round of the season that will get underway tomorrow at 15:00 local time.

The Frenchman was in a good form today by qualifying on third row and he is the best second Honda rider on the grid thanks to his fastest lap time of 1'47.752. Air temperature reached 26 degrees in the afternoon 60-minute qualifying session which saw Dovizioso on the top of the time sheet. After yesterdays rear edge-grip issues, LCR crew worked on machine adjustments to give the Frenchman more confidence in the stop-and-go nature of the Japanese circuit where the 29-year-old experienced his first MotoGP podium.

De Puniet --7th -- 1'47.752

De Puniet: "It seems we found the right adjustments and I could finally ride as I did in the first part of the season before the bad injury. The Team made the right changes working on chassis set up especially on hard braking and we have solved the rear grip issues so my race pace is pretty good at the moment. Probably I could be faster than this on qualifiers but 7th spot on the grid is positive and in my opinion it's more important to be consistent on race trim. We still have to choose the rear tyre for tomorrows race but I am pleased with the bike overall set up. The weather is the only uncertainty but I am always quite fast in the wet".

-source: lcr

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