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De Puniet loses vital ground on Pedrosa

De Puniet loses vital ground on Pedrosa

De Puniet loses vital ground on Pedrosa

Randy De Puniet expressed his disappointment despite rescuing precious points at the Camel Grand Prix of Japan after crashing out of the battle for the podium. The Frenchman rejoined the race and fought his way bravely up to eleventh place but now trails Dani Pedrosa by 47 points at the top of the 250cc World Championship.

De Puniet admitted that he was unable to match the pace set by Pedrosa and Toni Elías in the early stages of the race said that had no option but to push his Aprilia beyond the limit as he chased their factory Honda colleague Hiroshi Aoyama for third place.

"Pedrosa and Elias immediately imposed a high rhythm to the race and I was not able to keep their pace," admitted De Puniet. "I was not 100% like in the practices but I tried to do the best to maintain the third position."

"When Aoyama passed me I decided to stay closer to him but I forced it too much on the brakes and lost the front. I went out in the gravel but I rejoined the race immediately.

"Now the fight for the championship is very difficult and my main objective is to become more competitive for the next races."

250cc, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Dani Pedrosa

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