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Lucio Cecchinello: "The results of De Puniet have really filled the team with enthusiasm"

Lucio Cecchinello: 'The results of De Puniet have really filled the team with enthusiasm'

Lucio Cecchinello: "The results of De Puniet have really filled the team with enthusiasm"

Lucio Cecchinello, the owner of the Safilo Oxydo-LCR team, is more than satisfied with the endeavours of his rider Randy De Puniet in the 250cc World Championship. The 125cc racer and manager from Venice has just renewed the contract of his rider to continue in the quarter-litre class for 2004 and confirmed in this interview that the team believe that they can secure the world title with the Frenchman. Cecchinello, who combines the direction of the team with his ambitions as a contender for the 125cc crown, also commented on the latest physical condition of his young Australian pupil Casey Stoner.

"The results achieved by De Puniet have generated a real enthusiasm within the team and that of the sponsors," commented Cecchinello. "The team want to secure our standing as one of the top runners this season and use this to really fight for honours again next year. Our objective is to take the World Championship. We are close to the goal this campaign and want to give Randy all the support possible."

"The agreement to continue together in 2004 has just been made," added the creator of Safilo Oxydo-LCR. "Randy lies only 15 points away from the leader of the Championship and, in a close season like this, it was important to get the future sorted out quickly. Without a doubt he can now concentrate fully on winning the title. The new contract includes all of the same technical team because now we are very organised with the way we work. There is a really good atmosphere in the team, a professional and positive attitude and long may it continue."

Regarding the recovery of his 125cc team-mate Casey Stoner, who broke his scaphoid and collarbone during practice for the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic, Cecchinello explained: "Casey underwent an operation in San Marino with a doctor who specialises in hand surgery. Afterwards he visited Dr. Costa at his house in Italy, and began to plan his rehabilitation concerning what exercises he can do. The objective is to try and recover as soon as possible. Casey has been camping out in Mikulov, in the Czech Republic, for a few days. I speak with him everyday and he assures me that he is feeling better all the time but we will not be able to judge his full fitness until he is back on a bike. The problem is that Estoril is the worst track to try and ride with a damaged scaphoid. It is a circuit with long curves and hard braking, various potholes and the rider really needs to manhandle the bike. For this reason I think it will be difficult for him to race there, but on the other hand the injury to his collarbone might not cause any problem; we will wait and see."

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250cc, 2003

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