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De Puniet “ready and confident” ahead of comeback

De Puniet “ready and confident” ahead of comeback

The LCR Honda rider is set to make a rapid return to action at Brno this weekend pending medical clearance on his recovering leg, and has told that a test ride in France on Monday provided encouraging feedback on his fitness.

Randy de Puniet is set to make an impressive return to action just four weeks after fracturing the tibia and fibula in his left leg, as he prepares to ride at the Cardion ab Grand Prix Czech Republic this weekend. Provided the LCR Honda rider receives medical clearance on Thursday to compete he will take to the Brno track for Friday’s opening practice session, just 27 days after suffering his injury in the German GP.

In preparation for the weekend De Puniet conducted a private ride in southern France on Monday, in which he rode a Honda CBR1000 machine at Alés to see how his leg felt. After completing 30 laps the results were positive and have left the Frenchman in high spirits.

“I wanted to confirm I would be okay to ride and not just ride slowly, but fast. After the test I am very happy and also confident for this weekend,” explained De Puniet. “There was a small amount of pain in the first five laps but this is normal, especially with the ankle when changing gear. But by the end it was much better and most importantly I didn’t use any painkillers – I wanted to try it like that. I felt good, and that’s why I think I will be ready for this weekend.”

He continued: “I’m not worried and I don’t need to think about my injury this weekend, because if I do that then I will certainly be slower.”

Discussing his aims for round ten De Puniet is targeting a progressive weekend with the intention of adding to the 69 Championship points he has so far collected in an impressive season to date.

“I will try to take as many points as possible,” he said. “We will see how it goes during the practice and qualifying sessions. I will need to go step by step in each session, to work with my head, the most important thing is to be prepared for the race and to get the best result.”

“My target is to be the highest placed private rider at the end of the year, and that’s why it’s important to take points,” De Puniet concluded.


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