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Randy de Puniet looking to bounce back in front of home crowd

Randy de Puniet looking to bounce back in front of home crowd

Randy de Puniet looking to bounce back in front of home crowd

After a fast start to the season, Randy de Puniet suffered disappointment in Jerez last weekend, crashing out of the Gran Premio Marlboro de Espana whilst well-placed in fifth. That fall signalled the end of the race for the Frenchman, and in the process, the end of his stay at the head of the championship standings. Ahead of his home Grand Prix in Le Mans next weekend, the Campetella rider is looking to get back amongst points and maintain his title challenge.

Speaking of his fall in Jerez the 21 year-old said; ´I lost the front end of the bike without really knowing why. I´d already had two alerts on the previous laps, and so I was going into the corner slower, but I still lost the bike anyway. I´m really not sure whether it was a problem with the tyre, an error on my behalf or a mechanical problem, so we´ll work to try and find the cause.´

De Puniet is looking forward to racing before the French fans, and is hoping to put in a good performance after failing to finish the 250 race at Le Mans last year. He made his MotoGP debut in France back in 1998, coming home 17th in the 125cc race at the Paul Ricard circuit. A year later racing for the Scrab Competition team he secured his best result to date on home soil, finishing 11th. In 2000 the French Grand Prix switched back to the Le Mans circuit and, still in the 125 class, de Puniet was 12th.

´Obviously I would have liked to have arrived at the Grand Prix in France at the top of the standings, but it´s not that important. It´s still too early to be talking about championship winners, every race has been open and it´s very tight. I went into Jerez as leader, and have come away in sixth place 18 points behind Fonsi Nieto who is now at the top. It will be close all year, look at Marco Melandri, he was the title favourite but has already had two scoreless rounds!´, stated the Frenchman.

250cc, 2002, Polini Grand Prix de France, Randy de Puniet

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