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De Puniet consolidates strong season start in France

De Puniet consolidates strong season start in France

Seventh place in his home GP at Le Mans continued the Frenchman of the LCR Honda team’s good start to the 2010 campaign.

LCR Honda rider Randy de Puniet finished seventh in a demanding Monster Energy Grand Prix de France at Le Mans, in front of a home crowd of just over 82,000 fans on Sunday.

The 29 year-old was in sparkling form in the morning warm up session as he set the fourth quickest lap time, following Saturday’s strong qualifying which allowed him to start from the second row of the grid for the third time this year.

De Puniet was eighth at the end of the first lap but soon eased away from the riders behind him, moving up to seventh after Casey Stoner’s crash, but was unable to make up any further positions.

The Frenchman still holds sixth spot in the World Championship classification with 26 points, making him the highest placed private team rider.

Randy de Puniet

“It was a special and tough GP for me because I wanted to get a good result, especially for my fans. This is my best result on this track in the premier class but I am a bit disappointed. I had a bad start and dropped from the second row to the back of the group but after that I set some good lap times, moving up to eighth place. After Stoner’s crash I was seventh but could not move up any further because my front tyre started to slip and I almost crashed 10 times so I had to slow down, but seventh is not so bad. I am still sixth in the standings and we are the best private team at the moment!”

MotoGP, 2010, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Randy de Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP

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