Pramac Racing press release
De Puniet Eighth In First Day Of Practice At Sepang. Twelfth Capirossi
First day of work for the duo of white and green Pramac Ducati at Sepang, Malaysia. Randy De Puniet started working with the utmost concentration and this led him to end the day today, after two practice sessions, in eighth place. His team-mate Loris Capirossi was able to lower his personal best time recorded in the morning of a second and this places him in twelfth place. Tomorrow two more hours of work for the MotoGP riders, including the qualifying session that will define the starting grid for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Marco Rigamonti – Randy De Puniet track engineer
“It was quite a positive day, although this is not the favorite track of Randy and during winter tests we didn’t have great lap times recorded. The bike is much improved from earlier this year and this is the most positive day. We have worked with Sunday's race in our head: we tried various solutions of tires and we already have some solution that will be probably the ones we will use in the race.”
Randy De Puniet – Pramac Racing Team – 8th in 2’03.159
"I am satisfied with this first day of work. Honestly I am a little surprised with the result because I did not feel too well riding my bike, but to finish the first working day in eighth place is not so bad. We used soft tires with many laps throughout the course of the afternoon session and for a couple of laps we tried new tyres with harder compound and things went well. We are in good shape for the weekend and hopefully I can get another good result like in Australia."
Loris Capirossi – Pramac Racing Team - 12th in 2’03.595
"It is not so bad today. The twelfth position is not great, this is for sure, but as the first day I can be satisfied. I tried the hard rubber in the front tyre and I really like, however, tomorrow we will study other ways to figure out how to increase the top speed at the moment because we are too slow. We will give it all to make a good weekend.”