In hard fought race LCR Honda MotoGP racer Randy de Puniet finished 4th in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix at a sunny Jerez de la Frontera ahead 123.340 MotoGP fans.
Sunday's ambience temperature rose up to 21°C (27°C on the ground) and the 28-year-old was again
a strong performer in the morning warm up session gaining the 7th quickest lap time (1'40.368) after Saturday's good qualifying lap time which allowed him to start from the second row.
Started from the 5th position for the 27-lap round at the 4.423 Km race track, De Puniet was 5th at the end of the first lap and started a close battle with Dovizioso that went wide on the gravel on lap 8. The Frenchman riding the Honda RC212V no. 14 set impressive lap times since the beginning of the race and when Lorenzo crashed at 4 laps to go he finished 4th overall. The race was won by Rossi on Yamaha followed by home hero Pedrosa and Stoner.
“It was a perfect weekend for me and the Team. When I enjoy the bike I can go really fast and people can see that today. This was the best bike I had since I have been riding with Lucio's Team. It was very easy to ride and I had fun”, he said. “I made a good start and when Dovizioso overtook me I remain concentrated trying to keep my position. After few laps he made a mistake and I came back to the 5th place. Then, at the end, the final result of the race gave me the 4th place overall.
I am very satisfied about the work we made during this week end as we struggled a bit here during the pre season test. Honestly I think that if we keep this pace for the rest of the season we can be very competitive. However we keep our feet on the ground as we must restart from zero in Le Mans. I absolutely want to end all the races to get as many points as possible. A big thank you to my Team because they did a great job!”
Randy and his squad will be on track again on the 17 of May for the French GP at Le Mans race track.