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De Puniet confident of improvement on Sunday

De Puniet confident of improvement on Sunday

On the first day of the Official MotoGP Test at Jerez, Frenchman Randy de Puniet continued to move forward with his LCR RC212V, testing tyres and focusing on getting maximum performance out of a harder compound Bridgestone.

Like Dovizioso, de Puniet used a different brand of tyre last season so has had to work hard to adapt his riding style and machine settings to suit the Japanese tyres. Tomorrow de Puniet will shift his focus towards engine mapping and a long-distance tyre test.

Randy de Puniet
“It was a good day and we did a good job, even if the position is not so brilliant. However this is our first outing in Europe and we had to put kilometres on the clock to clear up some points. I am pretty sure we can improve our lap time tomorrow because today I lapped with a hard compound rear tyre. Honestly our target is different: we expect to qualify between the 6th and 10th position. We have got a good level and I am aware that Stoner, Rossi and Lorenzo are very fast but the following positions are still open. I am getting used to these tyres and think we will keep on working on engine mapping in tomorrow’s last day of testing. We also kept one tyre to test and will do a race simulation after the BMW competition.”

MotoGP, 2009, Randy de Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP

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