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LCR Honda season review with boss Cecchinello

LCR Honda season review with boss Cecchinello

It was a 2010 packed with eventful moments for the team and rider Randy de Puniet, and in this feature video interview the Team Manager gives his reaction to the campaign as well as previewing 2011.

It was a season of two distinct halves for the LCR Honda team in 2010. The first was an exciting progression which saw a number of thrilling moments for Randy de Puniet including battles for pole position at Silverstone and Assen, before the injury at Sachsenring which interrupted that development and made for a recovery in the latter part of the campaign.

Despite his broken leg the Frenchman missed just one race and ended the year inside the top ten in the final five races, and it was his form before his injury that was the highlight of the year for Team Manager Lucio Cecchinello as he explained in the attached video interview.

“We had a good season, especially in the first half. Randy was always in the top group, he was fighting for pole position and even for the podium in some races. We were definitely happy with that and we were unlucky with Randy’s injury. It was a very hard time for him, trying to get fit again,” said Cecchinello.

“He is able to do extraordinary things, even if the bike isn’t 100% or he’s not 100% fit. In practice we could get near his previous performances, during the races we had very good results but he still needed to improve his condition. Everybody in the paddock knows he will be strong for the top five or six when fit again.”

Reviewing his high point of the season Cecchinello said: “The best weekend was definitely in Silverstone because we were very close to the podium and in practice we were very close to making pole position. That was great, because for many years we haven’t seen independent teams with satellite bikes fighting for such positions.”

And undoubtedly the toughest point: “What happened in Germany was really unexpected for everyone. It was a very big injury and it was amazing how Randy wanted to come back so soon. He battled against time and worked hard, and after 20 days returned which is amazing. Of course his performances were affected after the crash by the injury but his effort was superb.”

Next season will see a change in rider line-up with Toni Elías returning to the premier class in the LCR set-up. “Toni will have an initial period where he’ll need to recover the feeling with a MotoGP bike, we believe the winter tests and first races will be hard, but we hope we can fight for the top five or six positions with him and, as he has done in the past, maybe get a podium. Toni has shown in the past that once he has a good feeling with the bike he can beat Valentino Rossi! Also, the possibility to work with the new Moto2 World Champion was the right choice, and the strongest way to continue.”

MotoGP, 2010, LCR Honda MotoGP

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