Le Mans Bugatti Circuit
De Puniet Eleventh In Free Practice At Home GP. Capirossi Thirteenth
Just a few hundredths of a second separates both Randy De Puniet—"landlord" of the fourth round in Le Mans—and Loris Capirossi from the leading group on the first day of practice session at the Le Mans Motogp round, ending the day with satisfaction for the Pramac Racing Team. In the morning session, De Puniet stopped the clock with a time 1'35.687. In the afternoon, the Frenchman lowered his best time to 1'34.998, closing the day eleventh. Capirossi had the thirteenth-fastest lap time at 1'35.383. The Italian rider improved his best time as well, lowering it by a second compared to that of the first practice session. The last free practice session is tomorrow, with qualifying in the afternoon.
Marco Rigamonti - Randy De Puniet Track Engineer
"Since this morning, we’ve tried different solutions to solve the problems that Randy found. We worked especially in the front of the bike, as Randy had difficulty finishing the corners. To solve the problem, the Franchman tried a pretty extreme solution. We’ll try to take a step forward tomorrow. We tested also the tires, we know how to make the race, although tomorrow we will have final answer. We are near to the leading group, I think that tomorrow we can improve our results".
Randy De Puniet - Pilota Pramac Racing Team - 11° miglior tempo 1'34.998
"I've improved my performance, my best lap time is lowered and the feeling with the bike is good. The front of the bike didn't get the same problems since Estoril, although it's not perferct. We took half step forward, tomorrow I hope to confirm my progress. I'm calm, run here, in my home, give me a lot of energies".
Loris Capirossi - Pilota Pramac Racing Team – 13° miglior tempo 1'35.383
"I'm satisfied. We took a great step forward changing the bike. Each time we came out of the garage we managed to improved our lap times. We know where to work, the bike is balanced, but give up when braking as it doesn't turn as it should. Let's see if we can improve a bit more in the last free practie and solve the problem. I am a bit worried about tomorrow climatic conditions: ride with such a low temperature certainly doensn't help to keep the tires on the asphalt".
-source: rizla suzuki