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Home round has De Puniet well motivated

Home round has De Puniet well motivated

The Pramac Racing rider is ready to push in front of the French crowd at Le Mans having had further time to allow his knee to recover after Estoril. Team-mate Loris Capirossi is confident that a front-end problem with the Desmosedici has been solved.

Randy de Puniet heads to his home track at Le Mans for this weekend’s Monster Energy Grand Prix de France eager to kickstart his 2011 campaign, having experienced a far from easy start to the season. The Pramac Racing rider scored his first points of the season in Round 3 at Estoril, but struggled for fitness having had a screw removed from his knee prior to the Portugal GP.

Having sat out the official Test which followed the previous round De Puniet has had some much needed recovery time, and said ahead of his home race: “I was very worried about my knee after the race in Estoril. When I got off the bike, I immediately feared the worst. I thought that the ligaments might have been injured during the race, but fortunately the visits I’ve made to the doctor ruled that possibility out.”

De Puniet added: “It needs rest, but we’ve had very few days off. The problem had to do with the blood circulation around the scar after the screw was removed.”

The 30 year-old has a best premier class result of seventh at Le Mans, having taken four podiums there in the 250cc category. “I’m calm and happy to race in front of my fans, on home soil. I wasn’t able to test the bike like everyone else did at Estoril, but I hope to have the same approach with the bike that we had in Qatar and at Jerez.”

Team-mate Loris Capirossi made solid progress at the Estoril Test and is hopeful that the advances made following the previous round can translate to this weekend.

“The test after the Estoril race showed that we’re making progress with the bike,” said the Italian. “The problem with the front seems to have been solved, along with some other small issues. Sure, the bike isn’t perfect, but the work we carried out makes us optimistic about the future.”

He continued: “We want to show our capability, and we hope we’ll be able to do that. As I said after the last race, we’re only getting started. We have plenty of time to put together a great bike. Everything depends on us, and we’re confident.”

MotoGP, 2011, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Randy de Puniet, Loris Capirossi, Pramac Racing Team

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