DE PUNIET AND CAPIREX IN THE POINTS. THE FRANCHMAN TOMORROW WILL RETURN AT HOME FOR A CHECK-UP
In was back to the sunshine for the MotoGP series after two days of practice and qualifying in the rain and wind. There was good news for Pramac Racing Team, which for the first time this year had both of its riders—Randy de Puniet and Loris Capirossi—finish the race. The Frenchman, in particular, erased his disappointing results in practice and in qualifying by finishing the race in tenth place and—despite the sharp pain in his left knee, which recently underwent surgery—earning his first points of the season. Loris Capirossi, on the other hand, expected much more. Motivated by the continuing progress with his Ducati Desmosedici, the Italian had hoped to continue to keep pace in the early laps of the race. His twelfth place is worth 4 points. There’s a test tomorrow at Estoril, but not for Randy: the rider will return at home for a check-up.
Marco Rigamonti - Track Engineer, Randy De Puniet
"We’re surprised. Randy’s race was affected by his knee pain, but we’re satisfied overall. We were able to take some points home in the end. We’ll try to solve the problems -which we didn’t manage to do this weekend- with the bike before Le Mans, which we didn’t manage to do this weekend. The bike seems to work well on some tracks, like Qatar and Estoril, whereas at others we can’t get it like we want it.”
Randy De Puniet - Pramac Racing Team - 10th in race - 16th in MotoGP standings
"I'm partly happy. Before the start of the race, if I knew I'd finish tenth, I’d have celebrated the result this weekend. But I don’t know what happened with my knee. It hurts very badly in the race, and I didn’t have enough strength in my legs. I had X-rays earlier this week, but I don’t know how my ligaments are. I hope it’s not anything serious, but tomorrow I will return at home for a check-up. As for the bike, we’ll try to fix the problems with the front. I’m happy for the six points earned, but without the pain in my knee, my result would undoubtedly have been better. We must work to find the same feeling glimpsed at Losail and Jerez."
Loris Capirossi - Pramac Racing Team - 12th in race - 15th in MotoGP standings
"I expected a different outcome, certainly something better from this race. Whether the results obtained in these two days, both for started. I was just very aggressive, I spent a lot of motion. But the problems with the front slowed down my pace by a second per lap. It’s unfortunate, because we had worked well. Now we’ll focus on the test, where we’ll try to make some progress. We must be positive and have a winning mentality. We’re only at the third race."