Capirossi scores season best result to date, misfortune for De Puniet

Monday, 6 June 2011

The Italian rider finished ninth in Catalunya, but his Pramac Racing team mate Randy de Puniet suffered some bad luck and crashed out.

Following a battle for ninth place that lasted almost the entire race, Loris Capirossi managed to take the position from rookie Karel Abraham in the final corner. It was Capirossi’s best result of the season so far.

Meanwhile, Randy De Puniet’s misfortune continued. The Frenchman, who had problems with his bike’s set-up throughout the entire race weekend, was knocked down by Hiroshi Aoyama on the third lap. After visiting the Clinica Mobile, De Puniet returned to his garage but will require an MRI scan on his ankle in Barcelona on Wednesday to provide further information on his injury.

Loris Capirossi:
“Today’s result was definitely good. I fought hard, and I don’t even know how many passes I made in the race. It’s actually hard to find a negative; even the start was quite good. I want to consider Barcelona a starting point for a new direction. Now we shouldn’t get misdirected with poor choices, and we’ll work like we did over this weekend. I would like to thank my team for helping me today, because our result is due to their efficiency.”

Randy de Puniet:
“I’m not at all happy with how things went, as I’m going through a difficult period. At Le Mans, I was out after just one lap, and things weren’t much different today. I don’t know what happened with Aoyama; I saw him coming into me while I was exiting the first corner. It’s really a shame because I was very motivated. I had a good feeling with the bike in the early kilometres, and I thought I could do well. I hope that I haven’t hurt my ankle. It makes a strange noise when I walk, so I hope the ligaments aren’t damaged.”

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