Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello
Weather Affects Mugello Qualifying. De Puniet Fifteenth
The starting grid for the Mugello Grand Prix, the world championship’s fifth round, was determined in rainy conditions. The first half was held mainly in the dry, while the last part was compromised by the arrival of rain. Randy De Puniet rode his Ducati well during the final free-practice session, registering the ninth-best time, just behind the factory Ducatis. In the afternoon, the Frenchman wasn’t able to repeat the performance, due in part to a problem with his brakes that slowed down the work on the bike’s setup before it started to rain. He stopped the clock at 1:50.651, good for fifteenth place on the starting grid.
Marco Rigamonti - Randy De Puniet Track Engineer
“The weather is once again an unknown, even here in Italy. We weren’t as clever as the others, who pushed hard from their first laps. We opted for the soft front tyre, but after he came in, Randy preferred to go back out with the hard. Then we had a problem with the brakes, and when everything was fixed, it started to rain. It’s a shame, because during the final free-practice session this morning, our time was right with those of Hayden and Rossi; this afternoon definitely went worse.”
Randy De Puniet – Pramac Racing Rider – 15th best time in 1:50.651
"This morning I was satisfied, the feeling with the bike was better than previous releases. I was pretty good considering the qualifications. But this afternoon we encountered several problems with the front brake. I was forced to stop, I have not had time to put on my helmet that it started to rain. And the qualifications, more than 20 minutes from the end, had already been compromised. I haven't had a chance to make a turn as it should, I hoped to be some position of ".
The Mugello Circuit, in collaboration with the Pramac Racing Team, is choosing the path of renewable energy
A 252 kWp photovoltaic system has been installed on the roof of the Ferrari-owned venue’s main grandstand. Carried out by Energy Resources SpA, the project ensures an annual production of approximately 300,000 kWh, equivalent to 20% of the circuit’s overall requirements. The installation used 2,016 Pramac photovoltaic modules (MCPH P7), along with Power One 100 and 165 kWp inverters. Eighteen rows of 125 kWp framed thin-film modules have been mounted on the 2,911 square-metre grandstand, for a total of 2,016 panels. Through this project, the racetrack will reduce its CO2 emissions by 211 tons per year.
“This sends a clear message,” said Mugello Circuit CEO Paolo Poli, “that it’s possible to do top-level motorsports while fully respecting the environment. With this investment, we continue a journey embarked upon some time ago that has led us to certification of conformity to the ISO 14001:2004 law.”
Paolo Campinoti - Pramac Racing Team Principal
“Once again, Pramac distinguished itself for the ecological sustainability that has characterized our company for a few years. It's a honor as the MotoGP Green Energy Team, contribute to environmental. We will completely avoid CO2 emissions, and we will lower the enviromental impact, all for the love and respect of our planet. We are very glad about this initiative, which was prepared thanks to the support of Energy Resources.”
By: Pramac Racing