DE PUNIET TAKES POSITIVE SEVENTH AHEAD HIS FANS Le Mans, 23 May: In a physically demanding race LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy de Puniet finished 7th in today's French Grand Prix at a sunny "24 heures circuit du Mans" ahead 82.270 country fellows.
DE PUNIET TAKES POSITIVE SEVENTH AHEAD HIS FANS
Le Mans, 23 May: In a physically demanding race LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy de Puniet finished 7th in today's French Grand Prix at a sunny "24 heures circuit du Mans" ahead 82.270 country fellows. Today's ambience temperature rose up to 32o.C (51o.C on the ground) and the 29-year-old was again in sparkling form in this morning warm up session gaining the 4th quickest lap time after yesterday's good qualifying lap time which allowed him to start from the second row for the third time this year.
Started from the 6th spot for the 28-lap round at the 4.128 Km race track, De Puniet was 8th at the end of the first lap and lay in that place through the first laps. Riding a strong pace on his RC212V the Frenchman eased away from the riders behind getting the 7th place after Stoner's crash but was not able to close any further. De Puniet is still holding the 6th place in the world championship classification with 26 points.
De Puniet -- 7th: "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 got a bad start and dropped from the second row to the back of the group but after that I set good lap times catching the eight place. After Stoner's crash I was seventh but could not close any further because my front tyre started to slip and almost crashed 10 times. So I had to slow down but seventh is not so bad. I am still 6th in the world standing and we are the best private team at the moment!".