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De Puniet unsurprised by factory overtaking

De Puniet unsurprised by factory overtaking

LCR Honda rider places eighth in Barcelona.

Randy de Puniet put up a brave fight at the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya, but was unable to hold off some of the factory riders with superior power at their disposal as the race progressed. The Frenchman eventually settled for eighth place and a 100% record of race finishes so far in 2009.

Randy de Puniet – 8th

“I am very happy because I think we had a great weekend. It has been a hard race for everybody but I took a perfect start from the third row ending the first lap in 4th place. After that I set my rhythm but some guys (Pedrosa, Dovizioso and Capirossi) overtook me on the straight in the following laps. I am not surprised about that and we have to accept it. Edwards was a bit faster than me but I push to keep his slipstream for the last 10 laps. I could not do better than this and we deserve this 8th place behind the factory bikes. We are 9th in the provisional world standing and we need to continue in this way for the future races. I want to thank my squad for their efforts.”

MotoGP, 2009, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, Randy de Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP

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