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Czech GP

It’s only been 18 days since his fiery wreck at Sachsenring, but MotoGP rider Randy de Puniet says he is ready to return to motorcycle racing for the Czech Republic Grand Prix in Brno, Round 10 of the 2010 MotoGP Championship.

The LCR Honda rider fractured his left tibia and fibula during the wreck at Sachsenring, which was round 8 of the championship. That same night, De Puniet underwent surgery, and had a titanium rod inserted into his broken left leg. The Frenchman than started an intensive rehabilitation program.

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Randy De Puniet says: “The first GP I watched on TV since my debut (Laguna Seca) it was a bit hard for me but in the mean time it was good to me to take some rest. A couple of days after the surgery I left the German Hospital to begin the Hyperbaric Chamber sessions in Saint Marguerite Hospital in Marseilles under the supervision of Dr. Mathieu Coulange and his team.”

“This machine increases both the pressure and oxygen levels to help repair the tissues of the body at a faster rate. Then I moved to Cannes to pursue my reeducation. I made sessions of ultrasounds to strengthen a little more my bones. Last Monday I moved back home in Andorre pursuing the ultrasounds sessions with a domestic machine and I finally started to do some sports.”

“Every day I go to the gym for cycling and I am training the top of my body with rubber bands and exercises. The doctors are always surprised with the speed with which I recover, and I have to admit that I am as surprised as they are! I use less and less my crutches. I still hope to be back for next Grand Prix … however the final decision will be made in Brno next Thursday when the circuit Doctor together with Doctor Costa will examine my leg and my overall physical condition.”

The wreck that brought out a red flag at Sachsenring also brought down both Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) and Aleix Espargaró (Pramac Racing), and apparently Pramac racing Ducati rider Mika Kallio ran over the Frenchman’s leg while passing by.

De Puniet missed only one round, Laguna Seca, and is in eight place in the championship with 69 points. Nine rounds of MotoGP remain, starting with Brno Aug 13-15.

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Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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