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De Puniet “delighted” with improvements

De Puniet “delighted” with improvements

Significant steps forward in the final pre-season Test in Qatar have left the LCR Honda rider in an extremely positive frame of mind ahead of the start of the new season.

Randy de Puniet’s display at the MotoGP Test in Qatar saw the Frenchman make vast improvements on his RC212V of the LCR Honda team, and the two nights at the Losail International Circuit left him feeling in confident mood with the opening race now less than three weeks away.

Feeling slightly ill with stomach cramps throughout the first evening De Puniet still registered the fifth-best time of the opening session, and then improved his lap the following night to record the eighth best time of the entire Test with a 1’56.504.

Concentrating on engine performance with new mapping options and suspension setting, De Puniet steadily improved throughout Friday night as he amassed 66 laps and left Qatar very content with what he and his team had achieved.

“This morning when I woke up I felt okay so I could work hard with my crew to fine tune the bike before the first round here,” explained De Puniet. “I am very satisfied as we made good progress, especially on suspension setting and race pace. The bike is smoother now whilst in Sepang the feeling was quite nervous.”

De Puniet continued: “We completed a race simulation and I have posted my best time at the end of it – this is quite positive! I could have done better today but I found (Héctor) Barberá on my line in the last corner.”

There are still a few minor things to address for De Puniet and his team, but the overall conclusion from the rider was a very good one.

“Our issues are still with making the rear suspension work well for us and the bike feeling quite nervous going into the corners, but I am delighted with the improvements of this test,” he concluded.

MotoGP, 2010, Randy de Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP

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