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Bright start impresses LCR Honda boss

Bright start impresses LCR Honda boss

Randy de Puniet has been the quickest out of the blocks in Sepang, on a new bike and new tyres for 2008 but showing no signs of struggle adapting to the Honda RC212V.

Randy de Puniet has been the quickest out of the blocks in Sepang, on a new bike and new tyres for 2008 but showing no signs of struggle adapting to the Honda RC212V. The Frenchman's Team Manager in the LCR Honda outfit, Lucio Cecchinello, has been pleased with his charge's early form, made all the more impressive by the fact that De Puniet is not even working with the latest engine from the Japanese factory.

"As everybody knows, we are testing with the new chassis and the 2007 engine but Honda are working to prepare the new engine, which we are hopeful of receiving for the Jerez test. In any case it is very important for us to understand the chassis to adapt the aerodynamics for Randy and to continue to develop tyres and engine settings," says Cecchinello, who signed De Puniet from Kawasaki as a replacement for Carlos Checa.

The Italian has thus far been impressed with his new rider's adaptation to both Honda machinery and Michelin tyres and, although ambitious in his hopes for 2008, is keeping a measured outlook on what the season may hold.

"We have to be realistic. Everybody wants to win races and we are here to get the best results possible," notes Cecchinello. "Personally I hope the competitiveness of Honda satellite teams goes back to what it was in the past. Until 2006 satellite Honda teams could win races and could achieve important results, in the top three or four, so this is what we are looking for.

The last Honda satellite rider to win a Grand Prix was Toni Elias, riding the 990cc RC211V for Fausto Gresini's team at Estoril in 2006.

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MotoGP, 2008, LCR Honda MotoGP

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