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De Puniet tries to take positives from Portuguese epic

De Puniet tries to take positives from Portuguese epic

Frenchman Randy de Puniet was one of the main entertainers for the thousands of spectators at the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal, but despite an epic race he left Estoril with just a solitary point when far more looked well within his grasp.

Frenchman Randy de Puniet was one of the main entertainers for the thousands of spectators at the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal, but despite an epic race he left Estoril with just a solitary point when far more looked well within his grasp.

Having crashed out at round two in Jerez the LCR Honda man was keen to get a decent points tally on the board, but he dropped from his worst qualifying position of the season so far of eighth down to 14th in the opening laps, only to battle valiantly back to seventh position with two laps to go, before crashing and remounting to cross the line 15th.

Some decent preseason results, and grid positions on the front two rows in the opening two rounds of the year were encouraging signs, but De Puniet has not been able to capitalise on that momentum and with his team running just one rider in the World Championship the results are even harder to swallow.

Nonetheless, De Puniet is taking the positives away from the Portuguese race, and was not alone in crashing Michelin-shod Honda machinery at round three – with Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden also doing so without the chance to remount and finish the race.

De Puniet told motogp.com, `I'm very disappointed because I was 14th on the first lap and then two laps before the end I was seventh. My bike, my tyres and my suspension were working well during the race and then on a corner I tried to keep the line a little bit too tight because (James) Toseland was behind me and I lost the front.´

`I ended up finishing 15th so I am very disappointed, but the positive point is that the bike is very competitive and I had a good battle.´

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MotoGP, 2008, Randy de Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP

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