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De Puniet rides through pain barrier on day one

De Puniet rides through pain barrier on day one

Frenchman Randy de Puniet was still suffering the after-effects of his Misano crash in the wet opening Indianapolis free practices, his wrist injury restricting him to twelfth.

Randy de Puniet was the twelfth quickest participant in Friday´s two wet free practice outings as the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix got underway, the LCR Honda man riding in some discomfort due to the wrist injury he picked up at the last round at Misano.

De Puniet notched his best lap in the 90 minute morning session, as the rain intensified later in the day, going round the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway track just over two seconds slower than pace-setting Anthony West.

Randy de Puniet - twelfth

`Obviously it is really hard in these conditions. We hoped to get some dry track time to learn the circuit and to test our bike but it´s the same for everybody. We had a good selection of tyres and we just need to find the best choice for us. Our position is not related to our potential but I decided to use this first outing to learn the track. This afternoon, at the end of the session, the track was extremely slippery and I preferred to take it easy. The first part was a real disaster but after that I was able to ride as I would like. The right arm still aches a lot but I did not take any painkillers. If the things get worse I will take some tomorrow for the qualifying session.´

MotoGP, 2008, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Randy de Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP

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