Valencian GP: LCR Honda qualifying report

DE PUNIET TO START THE ULTIMATE ROUND OF THE SEASON FROM HEAD OF THIRD ROW Valencia, 07 November: LCR Honda MotoGP Team rider Randy De Puniet was again a strong performer today posting the seventh fastest time overall in the qualifying session...

DE PUNIET TO START THE ULTIMATE ROUND OF THE SEASON FROM HEAD OF THIRD ROW

Valencia, 07 November: LCR Honda MotoGP Team rider Randy De Puniet was again a strong performer today posting the seventh fastest time overall in the qualifying session for the Comunitat Valenciana Grand Prix that gets underway tomorrow at 14:00 local time.

At the end of the hour-long practice period this morning, the 28-year-old was in eighth place honing suspension settings and tuning his RC212V to the tight and twisty nature of the 4.005 Km Spanish race track. The 60-minute qualifying session was affected by strong winds buffeting the riders despite pleasant autumnal sunshine and the track temperature got up to 28 degrees. The Frenchman set impressive lap times throughout the session especially on race trim but he slid off at turn one at 15 minutes to go. Despite the crash Randy is the HRC rider with the second highest position for tomorrow's 30-lap race. Stoner claimed the pole position followed by Pedrosa and Lorenzo.

De Puniet -- 7th: "Well.. we are not completely happy with our result but I am the second HRC rider on the grid and this is very positive! This is a track I have gone well at in the past and since the beginning of the week end I have been lapping consistently fast. On race trim early in the session I have been pretty fast and once I switched on qualifiers I started to make my way up the timesheets. Unfortunately I came across a gear box issue at 15 minutes to go and crashed at turn one. We will investigate later this afternoon to see what happened. Anyway our race overall package is quite good and hopefully we will be fighting at the front again".

-credit: lcr honda

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