DE PUNIET MISSED THE FIRST ROW. FOURTH ROW FOR CAPIREX
The starting grid for the Valencia Grand Prix was finalized during this afternoon’s qualifying session. Randy De Puniet's Ducati finished with the fourth-best time. The French Pramac Racing Team rider stopped the clock with a time of 1:33.118, just a few thousandths from the third position of Ben Spies. Loris Capirossi registered the twelfth-best time (1:34.671) and tomorrow, on the occasion of his last MotoGP race, he will ride with special leathers.
Marco Rigamonti - Randy De Puniet Track Engineer
"We are very proud about our work. We were fast all weekend, both in the dry and in the wet. For the moment, everything went perfectly, both with the bike and the tires. The race pace is very good, and Randy will have to focus on the start. It’s a shame, we could qualified on the first row, but the important thing is that we were very close. Randy crashed on the last lap because he wanted to take the first row, but that’s okay."
Randy De Puniet – Pramac Racing Team Rider – 4th best time in 1:33.118
I'm happy to end the season, at times unfortunate, so well. In these days my team worked so well. I found an excellent feeling with the bike and tires. I feel confident in both the wet and the dry. It’s been an up-and-down season, and I want to finish it as well as possible, as a way to thank the team.
Loris Capirossi - Pramac Racing Team Rider – 12th best time in 1:34.671
“To think that this was my last qualifying session makes me a little sad, but I’m happy with the choice I made. I expected my last round to be different, happier. Instead, I’m very sad, and I have a big empty spot for Marco, who has left us. I’m sorry I wasn’t so fast, but I want to honor him as well as I can tomorrow. It will be my last race, and I still can’t believe it.”