IMPRESSIVE DE PUNIET TAKES FRONT ROW AT DUTCH GP QUALIFYING Assen, 25 June: Working with his crew to find the right machine balance for the floating nature of Assen race track, LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy de Puniet put in a strong performance...
IMPRESSIVE DE PUNIET TAKES FRONT ROW AT DUTCH GP QUALIFYING
Assen, 25 June: Working with his crew to find the right machine balance for the floating nature of Assen race track, LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy de Puniet put in a strong performance at Dutch GP qualifying today. Following his impressive start of the season, the Frenchman posted a best lap time of 1'34.797 gaining the second spot on the grid (fastest Honda rider) ahead tomorrow's 26-lap race that gets underway at 14:00 local time.
After yesterday's eleventh place, De Puniet made solid progress clocking the sixth lap time in this morning second free session and he is pleased with the adjustments of his Honda machinery. De Puniet's crew made fundamental changes to his RC212V and in the 60-minute qualifying session the 29-year-old was able to reap the benefits at the 4.542 km track as he placed his bike on the front row again after Silverstone GP.
De Puniet -- 2nd -- 1'34.797
De Puniet: "Everything is going in the right direction for us and we completely deserved this second consecutive front row. I am still the Honda fastest rider and the top privateer rider in the classification so this is not just luck! The guys made an excellent job on the bike and I felt more comfortable in this morning second session. Then in the afternoon we took another step forward working on suspension set up and the bike was close to perfection. We have got the pace to run in top five on race tyres but we need to confirm our mapping for the end of the race when the tyres will drop. Want to thank everybody in the team for their great job".