FIRST RUN-OUT FOR DE PUNIET IN THE WET AT PHILLIP ISLAND The second day of testing at Phillip Island circuit was marked by some heavy rain in the morning which left the riders with wet conditions to deal with for the first hours of the day. The...
FIRST RUN-OUT FOR DE PUNIET IN THE WET AT PHILLIP ISLAND
The second day of testing at Phillip Island circuit was marked by some heavy rain in the morning which left the riders with wet conditions to deal with for the first hours of the day. The ambient temperature of 16 and the water on the track gave the Teams a chance to test wet setting and rain tyres. Towards 3 pm the sunshine has replaced the rain clouds and with the track drying quickly the riders came out on slick tyres and, by late afternoon, they resumed to their normal pace.
Today's frontrunner Casey Stoner topped the board with a 1'29.938 lap followed by two MotoGP newcomers De Angelis and Dovizioso. The LCR Honda MotoGP Team rider Randy De Puniet experienced the Michelin-shod Honda RC212V in the wet for the first time with consistent fast lap times on race tyres (4th overall in the morning). The Frenchman resumed to his normal pace by the late afternoon completing 72 laps throughout the day and clocking a best lap time of 1'31.575 (9th pos.) on race tyres.
De Puniet: "We lapped in the wet till midday and my pace was pretty fast. It was the first time for me in the wet on this bike and felt quite comfortable. We tested several rain tyres gathering important data for the season. After lunch, when the track started to dry up, I came out to proceed with my set-up work but the surface was dirty and slippery. We tested a couple of rear race tyres and we worked on engine map to improve the engine connection. The problem I had yesterday with the front is almost fixed and the bike is more stable now".