Le Mans Bugatti Circuit
De Puniet Ready For His Home Grand Prix At Le Mans. Capirossi Confident After Test In Portugal
The fourth round of the MotoGP world championship will take place this weekend in Le Mans, at the Bugatti circuit. It’s an important track that was built in 1965 around the original course for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The narrow circuit is characterized by unusual curves, which force the rider to brake and accelerate hard. The Pramac Racing Team will try to continue the encouraging progress it experienced in Portugal, despite the fact that Paolo Campinoti’s team has always had a difficult relationship with this track, having only achieved a single podium, in 2004 when the Pramac logo adorned Max Biaggi’s fairing. Since that season, there have been mixed results at Le Mans, with some retirements and some finishes far from the top.
Green Team rider Randy De Puniet will be the “landlord,” and the Frenchman would love to do well in front of his home crowd, at a track where he has earned four podiums. It will all depend on his knee which, following the removal of a screw a few days after the Jerez race, certainly didn’t help him during the next round at Estoril. Loris Capirossi would also like to consolidate the progress made in Portugal, although Le Mans definitely isn’t one of his favorite tracks. In addition, it seems that the French race could be the first European GP not to be affected by rain.
Fabio Sterlacchini – Pramac Racing Technical Director
“We worked a lot on the bike at the Estoril test, especially Loris’, since Randy unfortunately was affected by his painful knee. The problem at the last race was the front end, so we tried various solutions, and perhaps one of those could help us go forward with our development once and for all. The circuit seems custom-made for our bike: it doesn’t have long straights to speak of, so a lot depends on the riders. We’re pleased with the most recent results, and we need to stay on that path. Randy’s injury is really a shame, as he was taking big steps. I hope he’ll be ready for Sunday anyway.”
Randy De Puniet – Pramac Racing Team Rider
“I must say that I was very worried about my knee after the race in Estoril. When I got off the bike, I immediately feared the worst. I thought that the ligaments might have been injured during the race, but fortunately the doctor visits I’ve made have excluded that possibility. It needs rest, but we’ve had very few days off. The problem had to do with the blood circulation around the scar after the screw was removed. I’m calm and happy to race in front of my fans, on home ground. I wasn’t able to test the bike like everyone else did at Estoril, but I hope to have the same approach with the bike that we had in Qatar and at Jerez.”
Loris Capirossi – Pramac Racing Team Rider
“The test after the Estoril race showed that we’re making progress with the bike. The problem with the front seems to have been solved, along with some other small issues. Sure, the bike isn’t perfect, but the work we carried out makes us optimistic about the future. We want to show our capability, and we hope we’ll be able to do that. As I said after the last race, we’re only getting started. We have plenty of time to put together a great bike. Everything depends on us, and we’re confident.”
-source: pramac racing