DE PUNIET AND CAPIREX OUT AT LE MANS GRAND PRIX. CONCENTRATION NOW GOES TO BARCELONA ROUND
The unbelievable happened in Le Mans in Sunday's fourth grand prix of the season. Really a lot of anger and bad luck at the Pramac Racing garage. It all started during the warm up, when Casey Stoner, Honda Hrc, has become the protagonist of a argument with De Puniet on track, guilty of having cut the road. The Australian has responded with a punch on the Frenchman shoulder, but fortunately everything was clear out when the two riders meet after warm up. Randy apologized with Casey for putting on his way, and the same has done the Australian with the Frenchman about his reaction.
In the race, things did not go well at all. De Puniet race lasted only a few turns: the front of his bike let him down and he felt not even concluding the first lap. A pity as Randy wanted to do well in front of his own crowed. Loris Capirossi, however, was the victim of an error of Bautista, who hit the green and white rider with only seven laps left in the race. These things happen, but from the next appointment, in Barcelona, the Pramac Racing Team will try to straighten the season up as it didn’t start in the best ways.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Technical Director Pramac Racing
"Today, unfortunately, there is nothing to say. Randy crashed by himself, he lost the front of the bike and he fell after a lap. Really a shame, we could have a good race. Loris, instead, tried to stay in the group, but all of a sudden Bautista lowered his speed and Loris couldn’t manage to avoid touching him and found himself on the ground. Now Loris has the arm bandaged, but we hope that isn't nothing serious".
Loris Capirossi – Pramac Racing Team – DNF
"So much, so much bad luck today. I was waiting for the end of the race to attack the group, I had the chance to recover some positions. Then Bautista has slowed suddenly as he was fighting as well with another rider and I couldn’t avoid to touch him and this made me fall. There is always something wrong, unfortunately. Now there is little to say, this race has to be soon forgot. Next round at Barcelona, hoping that luck will assist us."
"I do not know what to say, I do not understand| how I managed to fall like this. It's been very strange, the front has suddenly lost the grip and I slipped. I'm disappointed, I am angry: I wanted to do well in this race. Tomorrow I'll only have in mind the next GP in Barcelona, but now I cannot forget what happe ned today. I'm sorry about what happened this morning with Casey. I was adjusting the brake, thinking that I had no one behind. Then, suddenly, I saw Casey coming behind me at full speed, I tried to leave the road to him, but unfortunately I went where he was pointing. I'm sorry and even if his reaction was not the best, for me it's all put in the past and I have nothing wrong against him.”