Sachsenrisng Grand Prix: Thirteenth Place For Randy De Puniet. Guintoli Thanks The Pramac Racing Team
Randy De Puniet finished the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, site of the ninth stop in the MotoGP world championship, in 13th place. After a positive weekend for the Frenchman, who was one of the fastest and most solid Ducati riders, the race didn’t go as the Pramac Racing Team had hoped. A mistake on the first lap cost No. 14 precious seconds, and several positions as a result. His teammate Sylvain Guintoli, riding the Ducati Desmosedici in place of Loris Capirossi, finished at the rear, in eighteenth place.
Marco Rigamonti - Randy De Puniet rack engineer
“Randy had a race pace that was pretty similar to that of the second group, composed of Bautista, Hayden and Rossi. Unfortunately, the first lap affected the rest of his grand prix; he didn’t want to risk crashing and was a little cautious, mostly when cornering. Lap by lap, he wasn’t able to maintain the rhythm of the others, especially because of some problems with the front that showed up midway through the race. As he wasn’t able to push very hard, he decided to finish the race as well as he could. We could have done better if we hadn’t lost the group ahead in the opening laps.”
Randy De Puniet - 13th in race - 17th in MotoGP standings
"I'm not satisfied about my thirteenth place. I was able to start from the third row, having lost all those seconds in the first lap has affected the whole race. I have lost the group in front of me, the one composed by Hayden, Rossi, Edwards and Barbera and I was no longer able to shorten the distance. Halfway through the race, then, I had problems with the front: I could not close the gap, and I lost more positions. I tried to finish the race, I could not do better. We will try to improve in next weekend".
Sylvai Guintoli - 17th in race
"It was a great experience for me. In these two days my goal was to understand the bike. I've done it: today, lap after lap, I improved my bests lap times, and the best one has arrived at the end of the race. I would like to thanks Pramac Racing Team for giving me this opportunity and, of course, my Superbike team which allowed me to be here. MotoGP is always a good test".
by: Pramac Racing