Pramac Racing Catalunya GP Qualifying Report

Circuit de Catalunya

Fourth And Fifth Rows For De Puniet And Capirossi

The starting grid for the fifth Grand Prix of the MotoGP world championship, in Barcelona, was finalized in this afternoon’s qualifying session. Randy De Puniet will start from the fourth row, having posted the twelfth-best time of 1:43.764, just 3 hundredths from Honda Gresini rider Aoyama. De Puniet’s teammate, Loris Capirossi (who was also the victim of a problem in FP3), was right behind the Frenchman on the time sheets, and will start from the fifth and final row. His best time was 1:44.068.

Marco Rigamonti - Randy De Puniet’s Track Engineer

“We’ve had problems with rear grip all weekend, and things didn’t change for today’s qualifying session. We made some changes from this morning, but the results weren’t satisfactory because we also found problems with the front. We decided to return to the same setup from free practice, while also trying to fix the rear. Unfortunately, the result isn’t positive.”

Randy de Puniet
Randy de Puniet

Photo by: Pramac Racing

Randy De Puniet - Pramac Racing Team – 12th, 1’43.764

“It wasn’t an easy day, as I had problems with suspension and grip. Yesterday the front worried us a little, but today it was okay—not great, but not bad. It was impossible to ride with hard tyres today though, and the soft tyres were losing grip. I was losing a lot of time in the corners, so it was difficult to do better. Tomorrow is another day, and I’ll try my best in the race to get a good result.”

Loris Capirossi - Pramac Racing Team – 13th, 1'44.068

“We worked well on the setup; it’s just a shame that in qualifying I can never take advantage of the bike as I would like. I’m not able to be fast for just one lap, and this situation is hurting me every time. On the other hand, I think we’re pretty competitive in terms of race pace. I hope that the problems with the rear from this morning won’t show up in the race. I’m optimistic—we just need patience and luck.”

-source: pramac racing

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Loris Capirossi , Randy de Puniet
Teams Pramac Racing
Tags capirossi, catalunya, de puniet, ducati, pramac racing