Pramac Racing TT Assen Thursday Practice Report

TT Circuit Assen

FP2 Canceled Due To Oil On The Track. Capirossi Fifteenth, De Puniet Seventeenth

The second free-practice session at the Assen MotoGP round was canceled due to the track conditions, which were made impossible for riding when Alex Baldolini’s bike lost oil during the Moto2 class’s first session. Everything is therefore postponed until tomorrow, with the final free-practice session scheduled for 09:50 a.m. During today’s morning session, Pramac Racing Team riders Loris Capirossi and Randy De Puniet clocked the fifteenth- and seventeenth-fastest times, at 1:53.348 and 1:53.562, respectively. The two riders made different choices for the day. The Italian’s staff preferred to postpone the debut of its new frame until tomorrow, while Randy De Puniet tried it, although the Frenchman didn’t have a positive outing in the rain.

Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Team Technical Director

“We really didn’t need the oil on the track. These days, when we haven’t been so lucky, we need as much track time as possible to try and improve our situation. In Loris’s case, we’ll try to speed up some solutions. We’ll dismiss some options without trying them, and some we’ll try together with others. Among these is the new frame. We had planned to ride today with the same bike as before, and then to compare that to tomorrow’s bike with some new updates, including the frame of course. However, we’re forced to try it without making comparisons, although it’s enough to now that the Ducati Marlboro Team riders liked it.”

Loris Capirossi, Pramac Racing Team
Loris Capirossi, Pramac Racing Team

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Loris Capirossi - Pramac Racing Team rider - 15th, 1:53.348

“I had hoped to get on the track this afternoon. This morning we worked hard on the bike’s setup, so the second session was important for planning our work for qualifying. Fortunately, we still have a card to play: the new frame. Tomorrow we’ll probably start with this important change, hoping that it can help us to improve our situation.”

Randy De Puniet - Pramac Racing Team rider - 17th, 1:53.562

“I left Silverstone with the rain, and unfortunately, I once again find it here at Assen. This morning I had problems with grip, especially on the rear of the bike. Compared to the last race though, the front end is better. We had some ideas for this afternoon, but unfortunately we weren’t able to get on the track. I can’t yet judge the new frame, but Rossi and Hayden have had positive feedback on it in the dry.”

By: Pramac Racing

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Loris Capirossi , Alex Baldolini
Teams Pramac Racing
Tags assen, capirossi, de puniet, ducati, pramac racing