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De Puniet reflects upon an ‘almost perfect' weekend

De Puniet reflects upon an ‘almost perfect' weekend

De Puniet reflects upon an ‘almost perfect' weekend

For the third consecutive year, Randy de Puniet has had to settle for second place at Le Mans. But although victory was snatched from under his nose by Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, the Frenchman said he is satisfied with his performance at Le Mans.

I am a little bit sad after Le Mans, especially since the French crowd had such high hopes for me. That definitely increased the pressure. However, it was a very satisfactory Grand Prix, even if it did not end in victory for me.

This was one of my best races at Le Mans and surely it will be one of the most memorable Grand Prix races of the season. I maintained the lead for a large part of the race – but made an error that cost me the victory, but overall I'm happy with the race.

Knowing that Pedrosa was out for victory I gave it my all and I took risks, unfortunately the risks that I took failed to pay.

"Right now I cannot think about the Championship. I know that I have no other choice but to attack every time. I must take each race as it comes and do my best each time. It's necessary to look at things that way!

"I stayed behind in Le Mans on Monday and Tuesday with the team. We did some work on the chassis and the engine. I was a little bit tired after the Grand Prix and couldn't give it my all. The times were not tremendous but at least we were able to learn more about the bike.

"Now I will be able to take advantage of this two-week gap to prepare for Mugello. Last year I missed the podium because of some technical problems, but this year I hope to be up there with the front runners."


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