Qatari GP: Honda LCR race report

DE PUNIET ENDS IN THE TOP TEN THE OPENING RACE AT QATAR LCR Honda MotoGP racer Randy De Puniet finished in 9th position the first ever World Championship night race at Qatar floodlit track. With a track temperature of 19 the premier class riders...

DE PUNIET ENDS IN THE TOP TEN THE OPENING RACE AT QATAR

LCR Honda MotoGP racer Randy De Puniet finished in 9th position the first ever World Championship night race at Qatar floodlit track. With a track temperature of 19 the premier class riders got underway the first GP of the 2008 season at 23:00 local time. Following on from an impressive practice sessions, Stoner won the opening round followed by Yamaha rider Lorenzo and HRC Spaniard Dani Pedrosa.

After struggling for front end lack of grip in yesterday's both sessions, the Frenchman aboard the Michelin-shod Honda RC212V nr. 14 started from the 5th position for the 22-lap event but he had a wrong feeling in the first two laps loosing the chance to catch the group ahead. Once he got a better feeling, the Frenchman managed to finish in the top 10 and this is his first ever time finish of the Qatar GP.

De Puniet: "After the good testing days of last week and the pace we had yesterday in race trim I was expecting something better. Honestly my start was not perfect but in the first two laps I rode the bike on the ice! I was not absolutely comfortable with the front and I struggled to stand up. Then the situation improved and I started to lap consistently fast overtaking a couple of riders. In the last 5 laps I tried my best to pass Capirossi but his bike acceleration was better than mine. By the way the top ten position is a positive result for me as this is the first ever time that I have finished this race".

-credit: lcr.mc

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Dani Pedrosa