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Randy de Puniet in fitness battle for Donington

Randy de Puniet in fitness battle for Donington

Randy de Puniet in fitness battle for Donington

Whilst the Dutch TT proved to be a race to forget for many of the 250cc title challengers, for Randy de Puniet it could prove to be the defining moment in his season. The unlucky Frenchman crashed out in the early stages of the race and suffered a large lacerated-contused wound with loss of tissue to his right arm, and a fractured left ankle. De Puniet went home with Clínica Mobile osteopath Bernard Achou, who lives in Marseille, for a fortnight of intensive treatment aimed at getting him back in action at Donington Park on July 13th.

Safilo Oxydo-LCR Team Manager Lucio Cecchinello explained: `Randy´s fracure is so slight that it doesn´t need a cast – just rest and physiotherapy. The arm injury is very painful though, and it came on top of a qualifying crash on Friday when he hurt his shoulder, so he will be working to recover full mobility in his arm. We are sure he will be ready for Donington, even though he won´t be at 100%. At Achou´s house he will be able to work daily on his injuries. The sewlling should be gone within a week and will allow him to do some light training on a bicycle´.

The veteran 125 racer sees the injury to his main rider as a blow to the team´s 250 campaign, but remains refuses to lose all hope: `After Randy´s victory at Catalunya the expectations within the team grew with regard to the fight for the title. But that is how things go and now it is a case of resting and recovering. Your moral is affected for two or three days – it is the same case for me after my own bad result in 125 – but if we do well at Donington then there is nothing lost. There is still a long way to go´.

250cc, 2003, Randy de Puniet

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