HEAVY RAIN DELAYS MOTOGP PRACTICE AT P.ISLAND GP OPENING DAY Phillip Island, 15 October: torrential rain was the main factor in today's Australian Grand Prix opening day at Phillip Island race track which hosts the last over sea round of the ...
HEAVY RAIN DELAYS MOTOGP PRACTICE AT P.ISLAND GP OPENING DAY
Phillip Island, 15 October: torrential rain was the main factor in today's Australian Grand Prix opening day at Phillip Island race track which hosts the last over sea round of the championship, with LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy de Puniet finishing 9th overall. Air temperature of 9o. degrees only (10 degrees on the asphalt) and rain showers welcomed the MotoGP riders and teams this morning at the 4.448km seaside track so due to adverse weather conditions the 3-class first free sessions have been delayed.
Despite the cold, the poor rain and the trickles on the surface, the Frenchman riding the RC212V made the most from his machine lapping the ocean track 29 times and posting his best lap time on 1'43.476. Phillip Island is one of the most severe circuit of the season on the rear tyre so the 29-year-old and his squad will mainly work on tyres choice and suspension setting to cope the high speed corners and the floating undulations of the Aussie track ahead tomorrow's qualifying session.
De Puniet -- 9th -- 1'43.476
De Puniet: "Well.... today's conditions were pretty bad but at the end I could complete my TO DO list in the wet doing a 22-lap long run with a good pace. Following the adverse conditions we worked on the chassis set up and engine mapping and I am pretty satisfied because I lapped consistently fast. At the end the surface started to dry up and I damaged my rear tyre so I could not improve my lap time. Anyway the adjustments we made in the wet helped me to be back on my pace and this is very important for me. Now we see what the weather will be for tomorrows qualifying but I am not worried about the wet conditions".