HOT AND HUMID WEATHER FOR MOTEGI PRACTICE Motegi, 21 September: Hot and humid weather made for energy-sapping conditions in today's free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at the Motegi Circuit. Honda LCR rider Carlos Checa completed the...
HOT AND HUMID WEATHER FOR MOTEGI PRACTICE
Motegi, 21 September: Hot and humid weather made for energy-sapping conditions in today's free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at the Motegi Circuit. Honda LCR rider Carlos Checa completed the two sessions in 13th overall, just 0.8s behind the fastest rider Dani Pedrosa.
As track temperature touched 40 degrees Checa focussed on tyre evaluation, only needing to fine tune the base set-up that enabled him to finish an impressive seventh in Portugal last Sunday. Checa is hoping that the advance weather forecast of cooler conditions for the 24 lap race is realised, as he feels this will optimise the performance of his preferred tyre choice.
CHECA: Thirteenth - 1'48.715
CHECA: "Today was hot but not extreme, although a little more than what would be ideal for the race. I hope Sunday is cooler because that would help us with our tyre choice. We have excellent front-end set-up but a compromise at the rear, a softer tyre with good grip but less stability and a harder tyre that is more stable. I think our direction will be to find in a set-up that will improve the performance of the softer tyre. Concerning the incident with Casey Stoner that everyone saw on TV I was going slow, outside the line, so I don't understand why he was upset. I just hope Casey can calm down and focus on the championship, this is what he should do."
Despite some set-up problems Irish rider Eugene Laverty performed impressively in first qualifying for the 250cc grand prix.
LAVERTY: "My strong points are braking and corner exit and that is what this track is all about. But we still don't have a solution to fixing the rear braking stability, the rear wheel is bouncing too much, flicking me out of the seat, it is difficult to go faster."
-credit: honda lcr