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DE PUNIET DETERMINED TO GET A POSITIVE RESULT AT LE MANS GP Le Mans, 20 May: after two-week break the historic circuit des "24 heures du Mans" hosts the third round of the MotoGP Championship for the 22nd time this week end. Le Mans is a big ...

DE PUNIET DETERMINED TO GET A POSITIVE RESULT AT LE MANS GP

Le Mans, 20 May: after two-week break the historic circuit des "24 heures du Mans" hosts the third round of the MotoGP Championship for the 22nd time this week end. Le Mans is a big weekend for LCR Honda MotoGP racer Randy de Puniet, France's only rider in the premier category. The former 250 challenger goes well at the circuit, having scored four 250 podium finishes at Le Mans between 2002 and 2005, but he has yet to repeat that success in the big class. Nevertheless, de Puniet is feeling confident following a successful day of testing at Jerez, during which he worked at honing the chassis set-up of his RC212V.

Before getting back in action at the famous stop-start 4185m track on Friday afternoon for the first free practice session, the 29-year old has decided to devote himself to a few charitable activities such as a soccer match for Haiti children in Paris on Wednesday night and a visit at the Hopital du Mans organized by Dorna with Simoncelli and Spies. In the mean time, thanks to the French GP Organizer who obtained the special permission from the French Authorities, LCR Team moved to Paris city centre in the middle of the night on Wednesday to shoot the RC212V no.14 in front of the spectacular and bright Tour Eiffel (high resolution photos on request).

Randy: "Of course, Le Mans is a big event for me and the team. You always want to do your best in every race, but having so many fans urging you on is an extra boost, so I want to get the best possible result for all the people who support me all year round. I think we can have a good race here because we made some good improvements to the bike during the tests. I like Le Mans -- it's quite stop and go and there's a lot of hard braking into the hairpins, which I enjoy. Then the weather is perfect... we can finally have a dry race in Le Mans!"

-source: lcr

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