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De Puniet hoping for change in fortunes

De Puniet hoping for change in fortunes

De Puniet hoping for change in fortunes

Randy De Puniet says he is hoping for a change in fortunes this weekend as he looks to wrestle the championship lead back from Dani Pedrosa. The Frenchman arrived at the Sachsenring without any luggage on Wednesday after his suitcase was left behind in transfer at Frankfurt airport and there was still no sign of it as he headed off to play in a charity football match on Thursday. However, he is confident of better fortunes in Sunday's race.

"I have had bad luck a few times this season so I am used to it," smiled De Puniet, who lies 11 points behind Pedrosa at the top of the standings. "I had a mechanical breakdown at Mugello and a bad tyre in Rio but I know that when things are in my favour I can be on the podium at pretty much every race.

"I fought for victory here last year and if everything goes well this weekend then I know I can win. I am eleven points behind Pedrosa now but there is over half the season left and I am in a much better position than this time last year. I am satisfied with my season so far, but I have to keep my head down and keep working and we'll see what happens."

* One man with worse luck than De Puniet this weekend is fellow 250 rider Hector Faubel, who misses out altogether through injuries sustained in a crash in Rio.


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