THE 2011 MOTOGP SEASON HAS OFFICIALY STARTED. AFTER THE FIRST SESSION DE PUNIET NINTH AND CAPIROSSI THIRTEENTH
The 2011 MotoGP season has officially started this evening in Doha, where the riders of the Pramac Racing Team have completed the first laps of the Grand Prix of Qatar. The duo white green had access to a session of 50 minutes to improve their bikes for Sunday 's race. Randy De Puniet has kept the good lap times recorded in the last tests finishing today in ninth place, just one second away from today 's fastest, Casey Stoner. His teammate, Loris Capirossi, tried different technical solutions to find the right feeling with the bike after the crash on the last day of testing. Loris finished in thirteenth position. Tomorrow, MotoGP riders will have two practice sessions before the only session on Saturday valid for the starting grid of the Grand Prix of Qatar.
Marco Rigamonti - Randy De Puniet Track Engineer
"At first we had a small problem: Randy could not change gear properly due to new boots and this has made us change our initial plans because we lost some time. He has tried the new electronics and was very happy with the response of the bike. We can be confident on the work done by our new rider, he has been experiencing the best lap time with hard tires after about 20 laps. If the track conditions are the same, he can do even better tomorrow."
Randy De Puniet - Pramac Racing rider - 9th best lap time in 1 '56.790
"I started today's session with some complications with the right boot that gave me some problems when changing gears down specially in the first corner. Solved this problem, we had three good outings with lap times very close to the best and this allows me to maintain a good position. The feelings that I had riding today are similar to the one I had during the last test and maintain this rate we will have a good race weekend. I am happy with how we are working, I don 't have a specific goal, but be the first satellite rider and fight with some official rider would be a good start."
Loris Capirossi - Pramac Racing rider - 13th best lap time in 1 '57.366
"I found the pace of the first day of testing, because Monday due of my slip, I was not able to make good lap times. We tried different tires, but the harder compound solution is the one that, in these climates conditions, it gives us more confidence. I do not feel satisfied, thirteenth place is definitely not our goal, but I am optimistic for the next rounds."