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De Puniet philosophical in defeat

De Puniet philosophical in defeat

De Puniet philosophical in defeat

Randy De Puniet left Mugello with his title lead intact on Sunday night but frustrated in the knowledge that a fourth second place finish of the season had slipped through his grasp through no fault of his own. The Frenchman's crew chief Eric Mahé revealed to motogp.com that his rider had run out of fuel, although it later emerged that a cylinder could also have been at fault.

"I did my best time of the race on the penultimate lap and pushed hard to beat Porto," explained De Puniet, who now holds a slender three-point lead over Dani Pedrosa.

"Unfortunately he was a bit quicker than me in the middle part of the final lap and I couldn't get close enough to make an attack, but I was happy to settle for second because Pedrosa was behind me. Then something happened with the bike and my podium chance disappeared. It's a shame but these things happen in racing.

To watch De Puniet's disastrous end to the Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia, click the link at the top of the page.

Tags:
250cc, 2004, GRAN PREMIO CINZANO D'ITALIA

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