De Puniet eighth in first day at Sepang, Capirossi searching for speed

Friday, 21 October 2011

The first day of work for the duo of white and green Pramac Ducati at Sepang, Malaysia closed with Randy De Puniet in eighth and Loris Capirossi twelfth.

De Puniet concentrated hard to put in some fast laps and landed in eighth place after testing some harder compound tyres. Team-mate Loris Capirossi was able to lower his personal best time recorded in the morning by one second to place him in twelfth place. The riders are preparing for two more hours of work tomorrow, of which the final hour is the qualifying session that will define the starting grid for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Randy De Puniet:
"I am satisfied with this first day of work. Honestly I am a little surprised with the result because I did not feel too well riding my bike, but to finish the first working day in eighth place is not so bad. We used soft tires with many laps throughout the course of the afternoon session and for a couple of laps we tried new tyres with harder compound and things went well. We are in good shape for the weekend and hopefully I can get another good result like in Australia."

Loris Capirossi:
"It is not so bad today. The twelfth position is not great, this is for sure, but as the first day I can be satisfied. I tried the hard rubber in the front tyre and I really like it. Tomorrow we will study other ways to figure out how to increase the top speed at the moment because we are too slow. We will give it all to make a good weekend.”

Pramac Racing Team press release

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