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Cecchinello reveals new LCR Honda working program

Cecchinello reveals new LCR Honda working program

Monaco-based outfit look for re-launch on all fronts in 2009.

One of the smaller-scale operations in the MotoGP premier class, LCR Honda are putting their focus on meticulous organisation and rigorous preparation in order to compete with the factory teams in 2009.

A one-rider team once more this year, Lucio Cecchinello´s team continue with Randy de Puniet for a second season. The French rider will have a bike that his team manager feels will be more capable of obtaining results, and has been making some changes of his own in the off-season.

`Randy showed that he was a fast rider in 2008, but either he had bad luck or he didn´t have the bike to push comfortably for the top places without taking too many risks, and that meant that something always happened,´ assesses Cecchinello ahead of the opening test of the year.

`He didn´t start well in last year´s races, but now he will have a bike more similar to the factory machine and he will be more competitive. He´s also done his bit, focusing on different things for this year after changing his trainer.´

Citing an overall championship result of top eight or top ten as an achievable goal for his charge, Cecchinello has left no details to chance in order to start the season on the right foot. Always amongst the most entrepreneurial of the MotoGP bosses, the former rider has been working on every aspect of the LCR Honda 2009 project over the past few months.

`We´ve been working on organising our workshop and improving the team in every possible way. We needed to rethink ways to improve our service, especially as the sponsors want more opportunities to do things with us,´ he explains. `Now we are putting together a new interactive website, doing all the things that one has time to do during the off-season.

`With this in mind, 2009 could be the re-launch of LCR Honda.´

De Puniet will be back testing with the RC212V in Sepang early next month, although he is being encouraged to take things easy in the early going. Cecchinello is insistent that there is `a program that doesn´t put much pressure on Randy, but rather one that is centred on race pace and gradual improvement. It´s no good pushing him so much that he crashes in the first test.´

MotoGP, 2008, LCR Honda MotoGP

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