Pramac Racing Ducati press release
De Puniet Obtaines The Best Result Of The Year With The Eighth Place In Indianapolis. Capirossi Forced To Retire
Great comeback of the French rider today on the Indianapolis circuit. After not the best start, De Puniet was in the back of the classification after the first lap, he fought back and manage to move up until the last corner. Very exciting comeback for De Puniet who after having overtaken his team-mate, he overtook Crutchlow, Aoyama, Elias, Hayden, Rossi and Barbera finishing in eighth place. A promising race that give good hopes for the rest of the season. Capirossi, meanwhile, found unexpected problems and had to retire after the sixteenth lap because of the damages on the front tyre. Still not a lot of luck for the Italian rider who will look for revenge in seven days on the home track of Misano Adriatico.
Marco Rigamonti – Randy De Puniet Track Engineer
"We are very happy with how today went with Randy: finally after a difficult season he was able to show his talent. We saw a good battle throughout the 28 laps. During the race, some riders had tire problems and honestly we had some fear, but our set-up and Randy’s riding style kept us fairly constant until the end of the race. Too bad he lost several positions at the beginning for a hit in the group, or Randy would have conquer at least a couple of more positions."
Randy De Puniet – Pramac Racing – 8th in race – 17th in championship
"I'm happy, this is my best race of the season! Bad start for the race when Loris touched me and I lost at least three positions, otherwise I could stay with the group and probably I could have fought for better positions. But it’s ok, our pace, as I declared yesterday, has been steady and good until the end and this allowed me to overtake many riders in the second half of the race. I'm satisfied with how things went today, the team has worked very well and after a difficult start of the season we all deserve a good result. We needed it and I look forward to continue at this level also next week at Misano."
Loris Capirossi – Pramac Racing
- DNF – 16th in championship
"Since the fourth lap the bike did not respond as I wanted. I always lost the front tire and risked falling at every turn. At one point I could no longer manage the bike and I was forced to retire. Just returned to the box we noticed that the front tire was very worn. I'm so sorry that this happened in the race because during the whole weekend we have never had problems like that. Not much to add, we look ahead and concentrate on Misano where we hope to get a good result in front of our fans."