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De Puniet disappointed after incident-filled race at Donington

De Puniet disappointed after incident-filled race at Donington

De Puniet disappointed after incident-filled race at Donington

Randy De Puniet arrived at Donington Park pumped and needing a strong result from the British Grand Prix. He had crashed at Assen and picked up a slight injury but the accident was just as costly in terms of the fact that he missed out on any Championship points.

The English circuit gave the Safilo Oxydo LCR rider few favours. This time he ran off the track and lost valuable time and ground on his rivals who edged a little further away in terms of the Championship standing. De Puniet was circulating in fourth position when he misjudged a corner and ran wide, finally rejoining the action down in 8th place. After the GP the Aprilia man explained:

`This was a difficult race. I had problems with the brakes from the start. I then tried to catch and stay with the leading group as quickly as possible. In the tenth, or maybe 12th lap, I don't know what happened exactly but I had some more trouble with the bike and before I hit Nieto I was able to pick-up and go wide. I am really disappointed because I was riding well and to finish the weekend like this is was a shame. I know I can win - at the very least make the podium - and this result makes it all the more frustrating to accept.´

The plight of De Puniet has been marked with some low points after the last few GPs in a topsy-turvy season. At Mugello he crashed twice, and afterwards also laid the blame for the spills with the brakes. The next race at Catalunya, saw him take his first ever career victory but at the following round in Holland he again hit the floor twice during qualifying and the race. Leaving Assen with a fractured ankle, a dislocated shoulder and lacerations to the arm. After last Sunday he now occupies 6th place in the Championship but only 32 points away from leader Manuel Poggiali.

250cc, 2003

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