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Deserved second spot for delighted De Puniet

Deserved second spot for delighted De Puniet

The LCR Honda rider will start from the front row for the second consecutive race after setting the second fastest lap in qualifying at Assen.

Randy de Puniet had waited three years for a front row grid position when he started from second spot last weekend at Silverstone, and now the Frenchman has secured two in the space of two races after another fantastic qualifying performance at the TIM TT Assen.

De Puniet will start Saturday’s race sandwiched between pole holder Jorge Lorenzo and third quickest Casey Stoner on the front row, having posted a best lap time of 1’34.797 in QP on Friday. The LCR Honda rider led the session briefly when he wrestled the lead from Lorenzo with 20 minutes to go, and was thrilled to have taken another rewarding result for his team.

“Everything is going in the right direction for us and we thoroughly deserve this second consecutive front row,” said De Puniet, who was within 0.282s of Lorenzo’s pole time. “I am still the fastest Honda rider and the top privateer in the classification, so this is not just luck!”

De Puniet heaped praise on his crew, continuing: “The guys did an excellent job on the bike and I felt more comfortable in this morning’s second practice session. Then in the afternoon we took another step forward, working on suspension set-up, and the bike was close to perfection.”

With a highest finish of sixth having been achieved three times already, De Puniet believes he can now push for one spot higher at Assen.

“We have got the pace to run in the top five on race tyres but we need to confirm our mapping for the end of the race, when the tyres will drop,” he added. “I want to thank everybody in the team for doing such a great job.”

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MotoGP, 2010, TIM TT ASSEN, Randy de Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP

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