POSITIVE DAY IN DOHA FOR THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM. DE PUNIET NINTH, CAPIROSSI ELEVENTH
Satisfying day for the Green Team of the MotoGP World Championship. The lap times of Randy De Puniet and Loris Capirossi have improved significantly in the three free sessions between yesterday and today. The green and white duo has ended in ninth, Randy, and eleventh place, Loris. The track temperature was slightly higher compared to yesterday and the riders have had the opportunity to test different tire compounds without complications. Randy is only six tenths of a second from the virtual front row while his companion, Loris, is right behind him just over a tenth of a second. Tomorrow at 7.55pm local time, 5.55pm in Italy, the qualifying session valid for the starting grid of the first 2011 MotoGP Grand Prix will start.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director
"Randy went well on the last winter tests and in this two-day with free practice session mantaining a good rhythm finishing always in the top ten. On the other hand with Loris we had ups and downs, but today we have improved significantly. We were able to give him more confidence in some parts of the track where he could not make the best use of the bike. It will be very important to arrange the final details better tomorrow because a good start on this track is very important. "
Randy De Puniet - Pramac Racing rider - 9th best lap time in 1 '56.362
"Today was a good day, we tried some electronic solutions and some traction control modification for the race and we have found interesting possibilities. I made it to try for the first time the soft tires and I noticed a big difference compared to hard ones. I do not know what tires will I use to conquer the fastest lap time tomorrow, I have three soft and two hard still available, but for the race most likely I will use the hard one. We are all very close, except for the first two which seem unapprochable at this moment, and this time every thousandth of a second will be decisive tomorrow."
Loris Capirossi -Pramac Racing rider - 11th best lap time in 1 '56.434
"I must say that in general the first day of practice was difficult, but after a major change between todays ' two sessions, the situation is considerably improved. I am pleased with the lap time that I did in qualifying and I think tomorrow we can still gain a few tenths. The race rythym is good and this reassures me even more to this first race of the MotoGP World Championship. "