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MotoGP stars call in on children’s hospital ahead of Le Mans

MotoGP stars call in on children’s hospital ahead of Le Mans

Marco Simoncelli, Ben Spies and Randy de Puniet met child patients at the Centre Hospitalier du Mans on Thursday afternoon, in the official pre-event ahead of the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

Child patients at the Centre Hospitalier du Mans were treated to a special visit from three MotoGP stars on Thursday as French rider Randy de Puniet, Marco Simoncelli and Ben Spies called in to spend some time at the hospital.

The trio met and chatted with the children, handing out posters and signing autographs, and one youngster even conducted an interview with Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Spies.

“It’s good to be able to do this because I have been in hospital for a pretty good length of time myself, and it’s always great to have people come and visit,” explained Spies. “We are always here a day early so it’s nice to be able to do something for the kids and for the charity organisation. I think it benefits everyone so I’m happy to be a part of it.”

The weekend will provide Spies with his first experience of the Le Mans circuit, and he added: “We have our work cut out, but I’ll run at 100% like always. Work starts this afternoon and we try and put the best result for me and the team together, and we’ll have to see on Sunday where we finish.”

De Puniet was also more than happy to dedicate some of his time to the visit, and said: “It was a nice experience for me and for the children, and I think everyone was happy. It’s not so easy to come here and see the children not well, but I hope it was a good day for everyone.”

The LCR Honda rider will be aiming to give French fans something more to cheer when he lines up as the home representative on the starting grid for the race on Sunday.

“Le Mans is a big, big race for me and I think it is one of the most difficult races during the year. I would like a good result because I have had four podiums here in 250cc and five bad races in MotoGP! I don’t want to create too much pressure but I think I have good potential – the bike is ready for this type of track and the weather will be good.”

San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Simoncelli commented: “It’s great to be able to give some time to these children, and I’m happy to be able to do that.”

The Italian will be looking to capitalise on some improvements made to his RC212V bike, and added: “At the Jerez Test we improved some problems that I had in the race especially with the braking. This is good for this track because there are a lot of slow corners here with hard braking, so I am confident for the race and of improving the race result from Jerez.”

MotoGP, 2010, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Marco Simoncelli, Randy de Puniet, Ben Spies

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