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De Puniet looking to repeat qualifying display in race

De Puniet looking to repeat qualifying display in race

The LCR Honda rider secured sixth spot on the starting grid for the MotoGP race at Jerez.

Working with his crew to find the right balance for the varied nature of the Jerez track where he experienced a positive fourth place in 2009, LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy de Puniet was seventh in the practice session on Saturday morning and experienced a fall as he lost the front of his RC212V in Turn 10, but he returned quickly to complete the session.

In the 60-minute qualifying session in the afternoon the Frenchman set a best lap time of 1’39.591 on lap 19 of 25, just eight-hundredths off the front row as he got more comfortable at the track. De Puniet made solid progress and is pleased with the adjustments of his Honda machine in preparation for Sunday’s second round of the season after the postponement of the Japanese GP.

Randy De Puniet:

“I am very happy because it has been a very good qualifying session. I am just eight-hundredths off the front row and the adjustments we have made on the bike work well, especially on race settings. This afternoon we concentrated on getting on the second row and we are delighted with this result as we are the first independent team on the grid for the second time after the Qatar GP. My target is to keep this placement in tomorrows race and repeat the positive result we gained in Qatar, but I know it won’t be so easy.”

Press release courtesy of LCR Honda

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