Pramac Racing press release
Twelfth Place For Randy De Puniet, Sixteenth For Capirossi At Misano
A pair of free-practice sessions were completed today at Misano, site of the MotoGP world championship’s thirteenth round. Randy De Puniet finished with the twelfth-best time (1:35.418), just a few hundredths behind the factory Ducati of Valentino Rossi. The Frenchman is confident heading into tomorrow’s qualifying session, having dropped his time by more than a second following today’s first session. Loris Capirossi, who is still dealing with pain in his shoulder, finished in sixteenth place (1:35.826).
Marco Rigamonti - Randy De Puniet Track Engineer
“We changed many things between the first and second free-practice sessions. The updates for the afternoon were much more effective. It’s hard to say if the tires also helped us, since we only used the hard this morning. We can say that we were helped by many components this afternoon. Tomorrow we must finalize additional details. In the meantime, thanks to Ducati for providing us with another frame, which enabled us to prepare two different bikes and save a lot of time.”
Randy De Puniet – Pramac Racing Rider – 12th best time in 1:35.418
"This afternoon went much better; this morning I had a problem with corner entry—it was impossible to ride the bike. In the afternoon we made some changes and I was much faster, thanks mainly to the tyres. I finished the first day in twelfth place, but more importantly, I’m very close to the top positions. Tomorrow we’ll try to improve. I’ll have to push a bit harder in the corners and take a few more chances."
Loris Capirossi - Pramac Racing Rider – 16th best time in 1:35.826
"Despite the progress made compared to the first free-practice session, it’s still not enough. I found it very difficult to make right-hand corners, as my shoulder still bothers me and is very painful. Maybe rain would help us in our current conditions, but I’m still convinced that we can do well. We’re all close, so just finding a few tenths would move us up several positions."