Pramac pair experience differing day one
Sunday, 13 March 2011 - Randy de Puniet and Loris Capirossi review the opening day of the MotoGP Test in Qatar on Sunday. Pramac pair experience differing day one
The situation, compared to Sepang, has improved even if we have to aim higher.
The final 2011 MotoGP pre-season Test began at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on Sunday. Pramac Racing Team riders Loris Capirossi and Randy de Puniet were among the first to step onto the track and rode for a total of 56 and 39 laps respectively. The Frenchman was not lucky in this first session, having fallen twice after only two hours. Both falls occurred in the second corner of the circuit. Capirossi managed to work consistently, getting good feedback that has given him confidence ahead of the start of the season.
Randy de Puniet, 10th, 1’57.143:
"Let’s say that this was not my luckiest day of testing. Because of two falls I lost almost two hours because both bikes were not useable. The first crash I expected because I was almost at the limit, while the second happened far too quickly, like as if I had put the wheels on oil. However the most important thing is that I am physically okay and that I was able to step back on track in the last part of the session and I managed to improve my fastest lap time. It will be very important to work well tomorrow to prepare the bike to race next Sunday."
Loris Capirossi, 14th, 1’57.437:
"Considering I wasn’t in my best physical condition it's been a good day at work where we have gone through some interesting solutions. The situation, compared to Sepang, has improved even if we have to aim higher. We must and we can improve significantly in the long corners. Looking at the other riders while on the track, I can see that in that area is where we lose most of our time. We must all work hard together to achieve important results."