Pramac Racing press release
Tenth Position For De Puniet At Motegi. Cudlin Slides And Loses The Twelfth Place
Pramac Racing riders had a good start in the Japanese Grand Prix scheduled for today. After six laps they were in eighth and thirteenth places, respectively with De Puniet and Cudlin. In the next lap the French rider has been reached and passed by the riders involved with ride through, Dovizioso and Simoncelli, for a false start. From here, a race of containment for Randy to finish in the top ten in race and increase the points in the world championship rankings. His teammate, the roookie in the premier-class Cudlin, was sitting in twelfth position until lap thirteen when a small mistake in a late braking made him lose the front sliding into the gravel. Despite the error a good weekend for the Australian who has quickly learned the new bike and the track. The Pramac Racing Team will now return to the headquarter before heading to Phillip Island in two weeks for the Grand Prix of Australia.
Fabiano Sterlacchini – Pramac Racing Technical Director
“Disappointing weekend despite the tenth place conquered by Randy can be considered a good result, but with all the falls and penalties views on the track today we thought to be able to finish at least in seventh or eighth place. A pity. Cudlin was doing a good race, being his debut on a MotoGP bike, but just as he was monitoring the situation to then fight for the eleventh position in the last few laps, he felt for a late braking a bit over the limit. However thanks to him, he has worked very well throughout the weekend.”
Randy De Puniet – Pramac Racing Team – 10th in the race – 16th in the Championship
"I'm not very happy, today we had the potential to enter the top eight. I was behind Aoyama, Elias and other riders, but when I saw the ride through sign I thought I would be there too. I looked at the sign at every lap when it was exposed and once I tried to see well all the numbers to look for mine, so I've slowed down a bit in the straight but I used the brakes too late and made a mistake in the upcoming turn loosing contact with the group. I tried to recover but the bike did not react as I wanted. A pity because if the bike at Aragon was very good, but in the first turn I was forced to go off track to avoid a rider who had fallen, here I just did not have the right feeling. We hope to find it back in Australia to gain a better position."
Damian Cudlin – Pramac Racing Team - DNF
"I made a good start, I felt good and thought I could overtake in the first lap both Colin and Randy, but I didn’t want to create accidents that would not be something very smart as a rookie. As time went on I got more and more feeling with the bike and managed to achieve and maintain the pace with Akiyoshi. I was planning to stay with him until the end, then try to overtake him in the last few laps, but in a tight left corner I braked too late and lost the front finding my self off track. I am very sorry for how it ended this weekend, before today I had fallen only once in the other categories that I have raced this year, and to conclude this experience like this leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I hope to have similar opportunities in the near future to be able to improve. However, I thank the Pramac Racing Team that has allowed me to live this wonderful experience.”