In Qatar qualifying
LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet had a positive night at Losail race track ending the MotoGP's floodlit qualifying session in 7th place.
The Frenchman, riding the Honda RC212V nr. 14, and his squad managed to get the 9th position in the
second 45-minute free session at 7 pm local time. De Puniet circulated the “desert” circuit 36 times during the two sessions clocking his quickest time of 1'56.358.
“I am happy because we made a good job during the three sessions and improved a lot my feeling on qualifiers. We made some adjustments on the setting and now the bike turns better and I feel more aggressive in the corner entry”, he explained. “I was expecting this since a long time so I feel quite satisfied. The winter was hard as we missed some track time so we are very pleased with this third row. I am getting used to Bridgestone tyres and feel more comfortable now. I aim to finish the race in the top six”.
Despite some poor rain in the evening the track surface reached 25°C with all the riders making their tyres choices for tomorrows 22-lap night event that gets underway at 23:00 local time. Today's frontrunner Stoner topped the board with a 1'55.286 lap followed by Rossi and Lorenzo.