Catalunyan GP: LCR Honda Friday report

RANDY 7th FASTEST AT HOT CATALUNYA GP OPENING DAY Barcelona, 02 July: The opening day of free practice for seventh round of the season in Catalunya was conducted in perfect summer weather today with ambience temperature of 37o.C with LCR Honda...

RANDY 7th FASTEST AT HOT CATALUNYA GP OPENING DAY

Barcelona, 02 July: The opening day of free practice for seventh round of the season in Catalunya was conducted in perfect summer weather today with ambience temperature of 37o.C with LCR Honda MotoGP racer Randy De Puniet in good form again posting the 7th fastest time. The Frenchman riding the Honda RC212V circulated the Spanish circuit 26 times throughout the 60-minute hot free session clocking his fastest lap time on 1'44.196.

De Puniet is the highest ranking non-factory rider one-third of the way through the 18-race calendar and arrived in Catalunya with the aim to maintain his position. He worked with his crew to adjust his machinery following the high surface temperature which rose up to 53o.C and, after the first run out, LCR crew is now analysing the data ahead tomorrows sessions.

De Puniet -- 7th- 1'44.196

De Puniet -- 7th: "It's physically demanding to lap in these hot conditions but I feel good and this first free session was pretty positive for me. In my first run today I made 14 laps because we planned to work on the race distance but the surface temperature is very high and we faced some rear grip issues. I have got a positive feeling on the bike and we tested different settings working on suspension and engine mapping but we still have to adjust some points to improve the rear grip for tomorrows session".

-source: lcr

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