MotoGP » de Puniet looking for speed after steady start


“I'm a little upset because I have not lapped as fast as in November” – Randy de Puniet.

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pcxmac - Unregistered

February 20, 2012 8:38 PM

if he gets any faster he will be challenging Ducati, keep up the good work Randy, this is your year to prove to the world what kind of rider you are. Keep a head of the crud, and keep it rubber side down.

RawDawg

February 20, 2012 9:06 PM

Being their first test of the year, these times are pretty impressive.

I'm absolutely floored by young Petrucci. Superstock engine, no carbon brakes, and tube chassis and he's 2 sec off veteran de Puneit already running the times of Pasini who has some MotoGP testing experience.

shamarone

February 20, 2012 10:40 PM

re: "Ioda is also using Aprilia RSV4 power, but with its own tubular steel chassis, of the kind seen on the early Ducati MotoGP bikes."

uh oh, S1 just became slightly interested in CRT. or at least 1 of the CRT's.

1motion

February 21, 2012 1:21 AM

its still early so dont crucify me but i am thinking that riders like Edwards and RDP are going to make the satellite ducatis wish they had switched, really there is no reason for them not to be able to close the gap eventually... stock 1000 motors are pretty powerfull these days let alone one that has been built to race... i havent seen any charts so i could be wrong but i would assume that the factory engines are only making more power in the high rpm range when revs and pneumatic valves and all those things come into play... in lower gears and out of the corners i dont foresee a huge difference... no more than what the hondas had on the yamahas last year, the BMW and Aprilia might surprise some people... they are no joke in the engine department

Ausrossi

February 21, 2012 1:36 AM

Also can I add that it is winter in Europe even in Jerez. However, the gap would probably be similar to the factory but temperature does not always affect bikes similarly. To be 2 secs of DP in winter is pretty reasonable.

TedG

February 21, 2012 1:57 AM

It's just too early to tell. The bikes need more setup and practice time. The CRTs are not going to be able to put down those super fast laps like the prototypes. Remember the prototypes can go full on fuel and damn the torpedos. But they have to turn on their restrictions for the race. The CRTs don't. So would a fair comparison be a prototype race lap time vs. a CRT practice lap? Then how close are they?

Danimal - Unregistered

February 21, 2012 3:15 AM

"After being passed by the CRT bikes piloted by riders Carl Edwards and Randy Depuniet," Rossi, (Channeling the spirit of Max Biaggi) rides the Desmo into the garage and Slams it to the floor in front of Ducati's company president screaming in Italinglish, "I canna win wit theesa crapa bike!"

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