Japanese GP: LCR Honda qualifying report

DE PUNIET 8th FASTEST AT MOTEGI GP QUALIFYING LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet rode his Michelin-shod Honda RC212V to 8th place today in the qualifying session at the 4.801m Twin Ring Motegi circuit in readiness for the tomorrow's 24-lap...

DE PUNIET 8th FASTEST AT MOTEGI GP QUALIFYING

LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet rode his Michelin-shod Honda RC212V to 8th place today in the qualifying session at the 4.801m Twin Ring Motegi circuit in readiness for the tomorrow's 24-lap race. After yesterday's morning rain shower, today's both premier class sessions were dry with ambient temperature of 25o.C while the asphalt rose up to 40o..

After this morning's 8th position in the free practice, De Puniet worked on suspensions setting and tyres choice to improve his pace clocking his best lap time of 1'46.554 (on lap 20 of 23). The 27-year-old made good progress on race set-up showing his potential around the Japanese track even if he made a small mistake on qualifiers in the last minutes of the session loosing the second row. However Randy feels confident for tomorrow's race as he already experienced the podium here last year. Today's pole man Lorenzo set the quickest lap time of 1'45.543 followed by Stoner and Hayden.

De Puniet -- 8th: "It was a good day but not perfect! On race trim we improved the grip feeling since this morning but I am not totally satisfied about the rear grip. I had a too many slides and need more initial grip. We tried to adjust the setting getting some improvements but it's not enough yet. However I feel pretty satisfied as lapped consistently fast on race tyres. Unfortunately I made a small mistake on qualifiers at turn 9 loosing three tenths and the second row. Overall third row is not bad but we need to find more rear grip in tomorrow's warm up session. My wrist still aches a lot so will get some painkillers for the 24 laps".

-credit: lcr.mc

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