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De Puniet keeping realistic aims after excellent second place

De Puniet keeping realistic aims after excellent second place

The LCR Honda rider will line up in second place on the grid at Silverstone for the AirAsia British Grand Prix on Sunday.

Randy de Puniet qualified on the front row of the grid for the first time since Assen 2007 when he set the second fastest time in qualifying at Silverstone on Saturday, and the LCR Honda rider was extremely pleased with the feeling he found on his RC212V.

Having been impressive in the two free practice sessions De Puniet lit up the afternoon’s qualifying hour with a blistering display that at one stage saw him over seven-tenths clear of nearest rival and eventual pole position man Jorge Lorenzo.

Not even a crash at the very end of the session could take the shine of De Puniet’s display, and he told “It’s my first time on the front row for three years and the first time with the LCR Honda team, so I’m delighted!”

De Puniet, whose best time of 2’03.434 was 0.126s off that of Lorenzo’s, continued: “I was really fast at the beginning of the weekend. I made a mistake with the crash but today I gave the maximum so it doesn’t matter that I crashed. I have a bit of pain in my finger, I don’t know what happened to it in the fall, but besides that I have no more problems and I’ll be ready to push in the race tomorrow.”

Explaining the progress of his strength throughout the weekend, De Puniet said: “I pushed really hard and had an immediate good feeling with the soft tyre. It’s impossible to race with these tyres but they’re good for doing lap times, and that’s why I was so aggressive on the bike. The bike was perfect today.”

Despite his superb display De Puniet is determined to keep his feet on the ground as he discussed his prospects for the race.

“I’m confident because I think many riders will use soft tyres and I think in the middle they’ll start to go off. I will use the harder one with which I have a good feeling and I think that could be the key to a good race,” he said.

“Pedrosa, Stoner, Dovizioso and Lorenzo are all very fast, and my target will be to be in the top six. A podium is possible but this year I don’t want to dream too much, I just want to do my race, and give my maximum. The top six and being the top satellite bike would be good.”

MotoGP, 2010, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Randy de Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP

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