De Puniet Grits His Teeth At Brno. Capirex Wants Redemption
The eleventh round of the MotoGP championship takes place at Brno, in the Czech Republic, three weeks after the misfortune of the Laguna Seca grand prix, where Randy De Puniet didn’t take part due to a qualifying crash. The Frenchman, like his teammate Loris Capirossi, won’t be in top form, but the goal is to take to the track for the race. De Puniet took the 250cc win at this track in 2003, and it’s also one of the favorites of Capirossi, who in 2006 finished first aboard the factory Ducati.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director
“We come to Brno after a break of a couple weeks, although our two riders, Loris Capirossi and Randy De Puniet, certainly won’t be at 100%. Loris continues to undergo daily therapy on his shoulder. After the miracle at Laguna Seca, where he managed to finish the race, there’s hope that he’ll be better. Randy’s condition is still uncertain. The fractures that he suffered are quite painful, but he has the will to race. He’s not taking anti-pain medication these days, but maybe he will if he decides to ride. Brno is a very nice circuit, even if there are some particular spots to consider—fast changes of direction, so the bike will have to be stable.”
Loris Capirossi - Pramac Racing Team rider
“Unfortunately, the shoulder problem is persisting. The doctor said I should undergo surgery, but I’ll only consider that after the championship. For now I’m undergoing therapy every day. For Brno I hope to continue improving my physical condition. I’ve rested during this two-week break, which I really needed. I want to ride well and to finally have a good result. The Czech track is one of my favorites, so hopefully I’ll manage that.”
Randy De Puniet - Pramac Racing Team rider
“Missing the race at Laguna Seca was very difficult for me to accept, especially after the hard work carried out during practice and qualifying. During the past couple of weeks, I visited the doctor to better understand the situation with my pelvis. Fortunately, there are no fractures, but the pain still hasn’t gone away. I underwent, and am still undergoing, daily therapy in order to be ready for Brno. The bike had responded well to input in recent races, and it would be a shame not to take full advantage of this positive moment for us with the bike.”