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Cecchinello: `De Puniet just needs more consistency´

Cecchinello: `De Puniet just needs more consistency´

LCR Honda expecting more consistency from rider and more support from Japanese factory in 2009.

LCR Honda had a mixed bag of results in 2008 with rider Randy de Puniet, the flying Frenchman with an unfortunate tendency to push his satellite RC212V to just the wrong side of its limit. For the first time since the satellite team arrived in MotoGP back in 2006, Lucio Cecchinello´s outfit will maintain their current rider for a second season, with more stable performances a clear objective for next year.

`We have to work hard on our working system with Randy for the races,´ says Team Principal Cecchinello. `Randy is a good rider, and he listens –which is very important. He´s fast and easy to manage, and the small area in which we think that he can improve is in consistency; if he can do this then next season will be very interesting.´

The only Honda/Michelin team to run Ohlins suspension –typically used by Bridgestone riders- in 2008, LCR Honda will have the benefit of data for the switch to a single tyre brand. The team will continue with the partnership for the coming season, seeing no reason to change another variable from the past year.

`We will carry on working with Ohlins, as we need to capitalise on our experience. We will definitely get more support from them and more support from Honda. So we hope that we can enhance our performance on the technical side as well.´

MotoGP, 2008, Randy de Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP

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