Pramac Racing press release
BAD LUCK FOR DE PUNIET DURING QUALIFYING SESSION, THIRTEENTH. CUDLIN CONTINUES TO IMPROVE AND WILL START FROM THE SIXTH ROW
Unfortunate qualifying session for Randy De Puniet in Japan. The Pramac Racing rider has reported some very interesting lap times from the beginning, almost always in the top ten, but the last exit from the pits with new tires he has not lowered his best lap as expected. Randy is thus forced to start from the fifth row. On the other side of the garage his teammate for this weekend, Damian Cudlin, has further improved his lap times approaching the group and getting the eighteenth position in front of the Japanese rider Ito. Tomorrow at 3pm local time his debut in a MotoGP race.
Marco Rigamonti – Randy De Puniet Track Engineer
“We cannot find those 3, 4 tenth of a second in the last few laps pushing hard that would put us in much better position. The same thing happened in Aragon and we surely need to improve this aspect. Really a shame because Randy has a very good race pace and starting tomorrow from the thirteenth place he will have to be very careful in the first few corners to avoid complications. Anyway we hope to be luckier than Aragon race.”
Randy De Puniet – Pramac Racing Team – 13th in 1’46.917
"I tried to improve at the beginning of the second practice with used tyres but nothing was working too well. So we decided to go back to this morning set up and we managed to improve straight away. The positive thing is that I can ride in 1’47” low all alone and this gives me good hops for the race. I will surely use soft tyres as with the hard one I don’t have the right feeling to push more. A pity as I can’t manage to improve those 3 or 4 tenth of a second that would put me in third row.”
Damian Cudlin – Pramac Racing Team - 18th in 1’48.962
"I have to be happy with the progress we are making. It seems every time I sit on the bike we manage to lower our lap times. This was my target for the weekend. Now we are getting to the point where the improvement will be smaller and more difficult to find, but we are starting to look in some technical changes to help me. I still believe that most of the gap is still coming from me as I am still learning the bike and the track. For tomorrow my plan is just to continue to improve and get closer to the others. It would be nice to have some fights during tomorrow’s race, this is what I am aiming for."