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Good feelings for De Puniet at Losail

Good feelings for De Puniet at Losail

The LCR Honda rider ends Free Practice 1 as the eighth fastest rider and is pleased with how his RC212V fared in the hour-long session.

French racer Randy de Puniet started his fifth season in the premier class – his third with the LCR Honda MotoGP Team – on Friday night by taking encouragement from an off-season testing regime that saw him improve his position in each of the three 2010 tests. De Puniet’s best was eighth fastest – the second fastest Honda – in the final pre-season Test in Qatar.

De Puniet lapped the desert track 21 times in the first free practice of the season on Friday evening, clocking a best lap time of 1’57.031 and placing his Honda RC212V eighth on the timesheet.

Randy de Puniet

“Following the good result we achieved here less than three weeks ago we decided to go immediately for a long run as we wanted to evaluate some traction control mapping for the end of the race. So I just came out and the feeling with the bike was good though the grip level was not as good as the Test. Then we continued to run on 1’57.0s which is quite good (almost half second faster than our lap time in the Test). At the end we compared the bikes to make sure that all is working well and we have got some data now which will improve our engine management a little bit. We have kept the same set of tyres for the whole session so I am pretty sure if we put a new set of tyres on we could improve our lap time.”

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MotoGP, 2010, COMMERCIALBANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Randy de Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP

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