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De Puniet Falls But Remounts And Just Misses The Top Ten. Capirossi Fifteenth

The starting grid for the fourth round of the MotoGP World Championship at Le Mans took place this afternoon. There’s some disappointment inside the Pramac Racing Team garage, with Randy De Puniet suffering a fall during the first part of the qualifying session. Despite a hard knock to his left shoulder, the Frenchman immediately remounted his Ducati, managing to complete the session in eleventh place, just a few thousandths behind factory Ducati riders Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi. As for his teammate Loris Capirossi, the Italian was disappointed with what has thus far been a forgettable weekend. He’ll start from the fifth and penultimate row, ahead of Karel Abraham and Toni Elias.

Marco Rigamonti - Randy De Puniet’s Track Engineer

“We threw away this morning’s session because we started with the tire used during yesterday’s free-practice sessions. In the afternoon, the crash certainly didn’t help us, but Randy really did a great job by managing to do more than ten laps in a row with his qualifying tyre. He put the crash out of his head right away and his feeling with the bike wasn’t affected. At the end of the session, he hit a little traffic and therefore wasn’t able to take advantage of the final minutes. The numbers speak clearly, however: we’re a tenth off Hayden’s Ducati, which means we’ve done our best. We know what the problem is; in some conditions, the bike doesn’t turn like it should. Now we’ll analyze the data together with Ducati to see if we can solve the problem.”

Loris Capirossi, Pramac Racing Team, Randy De Puniet, Pramac Racing Team
Loris Capirossi, Pramac Racing Team, Randy De Puniet, Pramac Racing Team

Photo by: Pramac Racing

Randy De Puniet - Pramac Racing Team – 11th, 1’34.351

“I’m okay despite my crash at the beginning of qualifying. Looking at the pictures, I think I was lucky to make it back to the garage; I could have been serioiusly hurt, and instead I only have a little pain in my left shoulder. I don’t remember a lot about the crash, just that my head hit my shoulder. In the end, the time wasn’t so bad, especially because it’s the best I could do. We’re just behind the factory Ducati team, which means I gave everything I had. For tomorrow’s race, I hope to get back into the top ten; that would be a good result for me and my fans.”

Loris Capirossi - Pramac Racing Team – 15th, 1'34.866

“I’m still having a very hard time. Today I wasn’t able to find traction on corner exits, and this problem cost me a few too many tenths. Tomorrow we have to change something. I tried today, and in the end we’re all very close, within just a few tenths. Unfortunately, I can’t manage to get the most out of my laps. I have to give it my best effort and hope that everything goes well.”

-source: ramac racing

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Loris Capirossi , Valentino Rossi , Toni Elias , Karel Abraham
Teams Pramac Racing
Tags capirossi, de puniet, ducati, lemans, pramac racing