French GP: LCR Honda qualifying report

DE PUNIET TARGETS TOP TEN FINISH AT LE MANS RACE TRACK Le Mans, 16 May: LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet rode his Honda RC212V no. 14 to 10th place today in the qualifying session at the 4.185 km Le Mans circuit in readiness for the ...

DE PUNIET TARGETS TOP TEN FINISH AT LE MANS RACE TRACK

Le Mans, 16 May: LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet rode his Honda RC212V no. 14 to 10th place today in the qualifying session at the 4.185 km Le Mans circuit in readiness for the tomorrow's 28-lap race. On a day of typically unpredictable northern France weather conditions, both premier class sessions were dry with ambient temperature of 14o.C even though weather forecast for tomorrow's fourth round are still unsettled.

After this morning's 8th position in the free practice, De Puniet worked on engine mapping to improve his pace clocking his best lap time of 1'35. 399 (on lap 19 of 26) despite an early when he touched the white line at the end of the backstraight. The 28-year-old made good progress on race set-up but was not able to take a big advantage from the soft tyre riding bike no. 2. Today's pole man Dani Pedrosa set the quickest lap time of 1'33.974.

De Puniet -- 10th -- 1'35.399

De Puniet -- : "I am not satisfied about my qualifying as I made a mistake at the beginning of the session and lost some track time. I probably braked on the white line and the surface was still damp. We have been doing a good job and the machine was on a good technical level. After the crash I jumped on bike no 2 but could not do a perfect lap time especially on my last run because of the traffic. However we have got the right race set-up and I must take a good start to ride on the front. The first 6 riders are very fast and I have to do my best to finish just behind them".

-credit: lcr

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Dani Pedrosa