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De Puniet still suffering in run-up to Donington

De Puniet still suffering in run-up to Donington

Randy de Puniet was one of many riders to only undertake post-GP testing on Monday; understandable considering that the Frenchman was -and is still- suffering from a nasty knee problem.

Randy de Puniet was one of many riders to only undertake post-GP testing on Monday; understandable considering that the Frenchman was -and is still- suffering from a nasty knee problem.

Although Kawasaki's young gun had his most successful MotoGP race ever, taking second on the grid and fifth in the race, it was far from an easy ride due to the massive haematoma present in his left knee. De Puniet needed special leathers to accommodate a 10cm swelling of the joint, with further discomfort provided courtesy of a clash with Toni Elias during the opening laps.

The 25 year old could have been forgiven for skipping any post-race duties to prepare himself for the next round of the MotoGP World Championship at Donington Park next weekend, but with fellow Kawasaki rider Olivier Jacque ruled out of action due to a Saturday morning crash and precious few testing opportunities remaining for the team, De Puniet was obliged to carry his share of the testing load.

Kawasaki also drafted in former 250cc rider Anthony West for a run-out onboard the Ninja ZX-RR800 in an attempt to make the most of their Monday stay, enabling De Puniet to reduce his activity to an afternoon outing after experiencing discomfort early on.

"It was a tough test, because the first lap on the bike in the morning I couldn't move my knee. I came in immediately and went to the Clinica Mobile. After that it was ok, and I returned for the afternoon," explained De Puniet. "I was able to do ten consecutive laps, and I'm happy because I rode at 1'42.9."

Looking ahead to Donington, the Frenchman emphasised that physical exertion was not really an option in the preparation process.

"Right now I just have to rest completely; just receiving massages or doing nothing. I hope to be in better condition than here, if not 100%. I like Donington, and I think I can achieve the same result there as I did in Sunday's race."

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MotoGP, 2007, NICKEL & DIME BRITISH GRAND PRIX

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