Randy de Puniet underlined what might have been had he got a better start in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, after finishing a close fourth fastest - despite sickness - at the Monday Jerez test.

The LCR Honda rider had qualified sixth on the grid as the leading satellite rider for the race, but a poor start left him twelfth at the end of lap one and he could only recover to ninth at the chequered flag.

Despite a sleepless night, de Puniet returned to the track to set a lap time just 0.184sec behind fastest man Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) on Monday.

"Well, I am happy about the further improvements we got today but in the mean time this testing session was very tough for me because last night I suffered a bad stomach pain and still feel weak," said the Frenchman. "Anyway we are pleased with the chassis and suspension adjustments we have developed today.

"After two races we had a few things to fix but we did not have the time to do it during the race week ends so it was a good day to clear some points.

"We have been working on the start because my result was affected mainly by my bad start and my lap times have been consistent throughout the whole session, both on used and new tyres so we have ended this first testing with a promising progress."

The next event will be de Puniet's home round, at Le Mans, later this month.

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