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Pramac duo De Puniet and Capirossi suffer in Silverstone race

Pramac duo De Puniet and Capirossi suffer in Silverstone race

The Pramac Racing riders had front end trouble in the rainy AirAsia British Grand Prix, both claiming to nearly crash in the wet conditions, but staying upright for Capirossi to finish tenth and De Puniet to cross the line in twelfth.

It was a complicated weekend in England for the Pramac Racing Team. The day followed along the same lines as Friday’s practice sessions and Saturday’s qualifying. During warm up, Randy De Puniet was the victim of a high-speed fall that affected his preparation for the race. Then in the afternoon, the wind, rain and low temperatures significantly influenced the final results of the premier Grand Prix class. Specifically, the Ducati Desmosedicis of the Pramac duo suffered for all 20 laps.

Unlike in Barcelona, Loris Capirossi came up short in the battle for ninth place with Hiroshi Aoyama (in Montmelò, the Italian’s rival had been Karel Abraham). With his six points from today, No. 65 now has 22 in the overall standings. Randy De Puniet finished a race for second time this season, earning twelfth place to bring the Frenchman’s total to 10. In two weeks, the seventh round of the MotoGP series will be held in the Netherlands at Assen.

Loris Capirossi
“Compared to yesterday, the situation didn’t improve. It was important for us to finish the race, but I had a really hard time because I lacked feeling with the front end. I wasn’t able to make the front tyre work, and I was close to falling every time I leaned over, even putting my feet down. I was only thinking about finishing the race. The weather also made things really difficult for us. It was very cold, and it was hard for me to ride the bike. For now, anyway, we’re even having trouble in dry conditions. It’s a shame, because I surely could have done better."

Randy De Puniet
"Today was the worst race in my life. It's difficult for me to describe this bad day, which began with a bad crash during warm up. I lacked feeling with the bike because of the usual problem with the front. Then it was difficult to stay up in these conditions. I came close to crashing at least two times a lap. I don't know what else to day. It was a horrible race."

Pramac Racing press release.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2011, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Randy de Puniet, Loris Capirossi, Pramac Racing Team

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