Portuguese GP: LCR Honda Friday report

HEAVY RAIN LASHES AT PORTUGUESE GP OPENING DAY Estoril, 29 October: The LCR Honda MotoGP Team returns to action in Europe this weekend after the extended three-race excursion to Japan, Malaysia and Australia but the first practice of the Grande...

HEAVY RAIN LASHES AT PORTUGUESE GP OPENING DAY

Estoril, 29 October: The LCR Honda MotoGP Team returns to action in Europe this weekend after the extended three-race excursion to Japan, Malaysia and Australia but the first practice of the Grande Premio de Portugal was a washout for the MotoGP class as wind, rain and electrical storms meant that unfavourable conditions resulted in an extremely quiet 45-minute session with LCR Honda MotoGP racer Randy de Puniet hoping for an improved conditions for the second free practice.

With changeable weather conditions due to the ocean winds, Estoril round is always a question mark for Teams and riders but the rain stopped in the afternoon free practice which saw Lorenzo on the top of the timesheets with a best lap time of 1'48.522. The 29-year-old riding the LCR RC212V went around the 4.182 Km track 24 times and was happy with his pace in the wet posting the 7th fastest lap time of the session (1'50.043).

De Puniet -7th -- 1'50.043

De Puniet: "This morning I was hoping for better conditions and finally the rain stopped for the second free session. Like in Phillip Island I decided to go for a long run to test the track conditions and I was immediately fast. I made a 45-minute nonstop session with consistent lap times between the 1st and the 4th position. Obviously the other riders improved in the end but at that time I had already tested what we planned to test regarding mapping and engine brake. It was a quite good session for us and I am not worried about the weather because we are pleased with our pace in the wet".

-source: lcr

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Randy de Puniet , Phillip Island