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De Puniet befuddled by qualifying tyre performance

De Puniet befuddled by qualifying tyre performance

LCR Honda´s Randy de Puniet will start the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix from ninth on the grid.

Normally one to get his fastest Saturday lap out of the way early, Randy de Puniet struggled to find a good pace on qualifying rubber in Sepang. The Frenchman finished ninth in a varied session for the penultimate round of the season.

Randy de Puniet - Ninth

`It was a strange and demanding qualifying session. We came out with wet tyres but after some laps we had to switch to cut tyres because the surface started to dry up quickly. My pace on cut tyres was pretty good and I felt comfortable with the bike overall package. Then I came out on qualifiers but couldn´t improve like I expected. I really do not why because I am usually faster than this on q-tyres but do not feel worried about it. My rhythm on race trim makes me confident for tomorrow´s race even if the weather can change every minute.´

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MotoGP, 2008, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Randy de Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP

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