DE PUNIET FIFTH FASTEST AT JEREZ QUALIFYING Jerez, 2 May: the LCR Honda MotoGP Team rider Randy De Puniet got the second row for tomorrows 27-lap race at the crowded Jerez de la Frontera circuit which hosts the third round of the season. The ...
DE PUNIET FIFTH FASTEST AT JEREZ QUALIFYING
Jerez, 2 May: the LCR Honda MotoGP Team rider Randy De Puniet got the second row for tomorrows 27-lap race at the crowded Jerez de la Frontera circuit which hosts the third round of the season. The Frenchman riding the Honda RC212V nr. 14 made 21 laps in total in this afternoon qualifying session clocking his quickest time of 1'39.806 on lap 17.
Thanks to the specific adjustments made in this morning free session when Randy finished 4th overall, the Frenchman improved his pace at the 4.423 Km Spanish track lapping consistently fast on race tyres with a ground temperature of 39o.C. The 45-minute qualifying session was held in the dry but with a strong wind and the 28-year-old rode his HRC machinery to the 5th fastest time hoping to get a top-six finish in tomorrow's race that gets underway at 14:00 local time. The Spaniard rider Lorenzo on Yamaha topped the timesheets today with a 1'38.933 lap time followed by Pedrosa on Honda and Stoner on Ducati.
De Puniet -- 5th -- 1'39.806
De Puniet: - 5th: " At the beginning of the session we run on our race set up and I am happy with that as we improved a little bit the engine mapping on the power delivery. Then, for the last few runs, we lapped on soft tyres to improve our grid position but it was difficult due to the strong wind. It was not easy to do one perfect lap and I made some small mistake as the wind pushed me outside and inside of the track but this second row makes me very happy. The Team made a good job and we improved the bike step by step. Honestly I aim to get a top-six finish and we have good chance to do it as we will start from the 5th position and our package is pretty competitive".