Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
De Puniet Forced To Miss Laguna Seca Race
Pramac Racing Team’s Randy de Puniet was keen to try to race right up to the last moment in today’s United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. However after yesterday’s crash, which caused fractures to the transverse process on the right-hand side of his L3 and L4 vertebrae, the rider suffered overnight and with added trauma to the pelvis he has been forced to withdraw from the race today. The Frenchman will undergo further medical examinations tomorrow.
Randy De Puniet – Pramac Racing rider
“I am very sad about what happened yesterday, we really didn’t need this. Until that moment it was a really good weekend for us - in all the practice sessions we were fast and today we could have done a good race. I'm sorry for my teammates who always give their best to make the bike as competitive as possible for me. I'm also sorry for our partners who support us at all times, even through these difficult moments. Yesterday I thought it was my mistake but I have check telemetry with my engineer and I did the same thing as all the other times. In Sachsenring many riders crashed in their first lap out, I guess this time was my turn, but I hope the situation will improve soon. I wanted to believe until the last moment that I was able to ride, but yesterday night the pain was truly unbearable and I had to call the doctors from the mobile clinic to ease it. Contrary to what we thought yesterday, the pelvis seems to be the biggest problem: my hip is swollen like a football, and I can barely even walk. Tomorrow I am going to take further medical examinations in Los Angeles where we can see more clearly if the pelvis also suffered a fracture. We hope that after the summer break we will be able to return to the track without any problems and leave this bad luck behind. We must do whatever it takes now to turn around the second part of our season in the championship.”
by: Pramac Racing