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De Puniet and West set goals for Sachsenring

De Puniet and West set goals for Sachsenring

The Kawasaki pairing of Randy de Puniet and Anthony West arrive at Sachsenring this week looking to build on some impressive previous results there. Both riders have enjoyed positive performances at the German circuit on a 250cc bike, with ten top ten finishes between them in the quarter litre category.

The Kawasaki pairing of Randy de Puniet and Anthony West arrive at Sachsenring this week looking to build on some impressive previous results there. Both riders have enjoyed positive performances at the German circuit on a 250cc bike, with ten top ten finishes between them in the quarter litre category.

Team Green new boy West is the only one of the pairing to have finished a MotoGP race at Sachsenring, taking 15th place in his only full season back in 2001. De Puniet suffered disappointment last year at the track when he was forced into retirement by mechanical problems.

The Frenchman is obviously looking to improve on his 2006 result, and has cited the track as one of those at which the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR800 will be most apt for the challenge.

After four races in six weeks we all needed a break, but now I´m looking forward to the German GP. We really showed improvement in the last couple of races so I was disappointed about not finishing the Dutch TT. The bike was working perfectly, and we were highly competitive, but now that´s in the past and Sachsenring is going to be another story, reflects De Puniet.

My knee is still a bit swollen, but last week I started running and cycling again. My shoulder is improving, although I still can´t lift much weight with it. It will be ok in about a month but, even though Sachsenring can be a demanding track, I´m sure I´ll deal with it. Last year, we had mechanical problems at the race and I couldnt finish but, until then, we were doing fine. This year, apart from being a great-handling bike, which is important for the twisty bits, the Ninja has a powerful engine, which is important for the last part as there are very few overtaking points. Obviously, my aim is to be on the front row and get the best result on Sunday but the priority is to finish the race. I will try my best as it is important for me, for the team and for the championship.

Australian team-mate West has also set himself a goal for the race. Having improved with every outing on his new 800cc bike, constant progression will be the way forward for the Kawasaki newcomer, who will turn 26 the week after the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. A rest after Assen would have been a forgotten sensation for West, who had been racing every weekend for the two months prior to Assen.

I needed a break as the last few weeks have been pretty busy but I still had to wait a little after Assen before relaxing. On the Monday after the race I did a physical test to assess my condition and, even though it can be improved, the result was positive. Then I went back to Austria and had some rest. It was strange, not having much to do, but now it´s back into action! says the popular Australian.

I liked the Sachsenring on the 250cc bike as it´s not particularly fast. It´s going to be more difficult with the bigger bikes, though. It´s narrow and short and it will be important to find a good set up to avoid ruining the rear tyre, especially on the left side as there are ten left hand corners out of 14 in all. Still, as I learned at Assen, you also need to warm up the right side properly too, so you don´t end up on the ground! This weekend, the target is to keep improving. I guess that means to finish eighth I know it´s going to be difficult but I´ll just try to get the most out of every session. After that, we will see what happens in the race.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Anthony West

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