Australian GP: LCR Honda qualifying report

DE PUNIET TAKES 7th SPOT ON THE GRID AT "THE ISLAND" GP QUALIFYING Phillip Island, 16 October: Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Australia was run in dry conditions today with ambience temperature of 11o.C (the asphalt temperature rose up to...

DE PUNIET TAKES 7th SPOT ON THE GRID AT "THE ISLAND" GP QUALIFYING

Phillip Island, 16 October: Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Australia was run in dry conditions today with ambience temperature of 11o.C (the asphalt temperature rose up to 22o.C) after yesterdays notorious Island bad weather which delayed the 3-class first free session. In yesterdays full rain conditions the LCR racer randy de Puniet produced a strong performance and made his way into the top-10.

Despite a small crash at turn four in this morning second free session, the Frenchman riding the LCR Honda RC212V kept working hard with his squad chasing the best set up for the ocean track posting his fastest time on 1'31.554 on lap 24 of 29. Randy is the second fastest Honda rider on the grid and will start from the third row for tomorrow's 27 lap-race that gets underway at 16:00 local time. Pole position was claimed by Australian hero Casey Stoner on Ducati followed by World Champion Lorenzo and Spies.

De Puniet -- 7th -- 1'31.554

De Puniet: "I think we made a good job both in the wet (yesterday) and in the dry (today) because I lapped consistently fast. This afternoon we focused on traction control race mapping making 2 long run with a good rhythm as I was always in the top-six. I missed the front row for 2 tenths only because I lost too much time behind Kallio in my fastest lap. Anyway it is good to be the second Honda rider on the grid and I am confident we can do a good race in both conditions."

-source: lcr

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Casey Stoner , Phillip Island