Elias still looking to make several setup changes to improve ahead of race
Cooler conditions welcomed the MotoGP teams and riders today at Twin Ring Motegi circuit and in this afternoon qualifying session (air temperature of 22 degrees and 32 degrees on the ground) Honda racer Casey Stoner rode his RC212V to the first spot on the grid ahead tomorrow’s 24-lap race which gets underway at 3 pm local time.
The LCR Honda MotoGP Team pair ended the 60-minute qualifying session at the Japanese circuit in sixth row: Toni Elias posted his best lap time of 1’48.169 (16th overall) followed by his Japanese Team mate Akiyoshi who set his best lap time of 1’48.367 (17th overall).
Toni Elias – 16th: “After yesterday’s good adjustments I felt more confident ahead today’s qualifying but at the end I could not lap into the 1’47 range. This morning on harder tyre it seemed we could improve our lap time but later on Q-tyres I started to lose the front again. I went wide a couple of times but I could not go faster in these conditions. We have already chosen our race tyre and tomorrow we will work through a number of various set-up changes to move into the 1’47 range”.
Source: LCR Honda