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De Puniet falls in qualifying, Capirossi grits his teeth

De Puniet falls in qualifying, Capirossi grits his teeth

Pramac Racing rider Randy De Puniet crashed after only a few laps into the qualifying session of the Red Bull US Grand Prix.

After a medical check, doctors found De Puniet had fractures to the L3 and L5 Transverse Processes in his back and a suspected crack to the iliac bone in his hip. Notwithstanding injuries, De Puniet will try to ride tomorrow morning during warm up to understand if he will be able to ride during the Grand Prix. His teammate, Loris Capirossi, has concluded the qualifying session despite a lot of pain at his right shoulder. The Italian rider has concluded in 16th position.

Randy De Puniet:
“I don’t have much to say. I made a mistake trying to push when I just left the pits but the tires were probably not yet ready. Really a shame because my feeling in this track was good in all practice sessions so to ruin everything this weekend is really bad. I am also in a lot of pain, it is hard to move, but tomorrow morning I want to try to get on the bike to see if I can participate in the race.”

Loris Capirossi:
"It was really hard. For each change of direction the shoulder gives me a lot of pain, but we came here and we will fight until the end to finish the race in the best possible way. I'm sorry for the whole team that is working so hard as usual to help me to always be faster. Tomorrow I will do my best for them.”

Pramac Racing Team press release.

MotoGP, 2011, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Randy de Puniet, Loris Capirossi, Pramac Racing Team

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