Brno: Injured De Puniet Crashes Again
The 2010 MotoGP World Championship at Brno in the Czech Republic opened following a 2-week summer break as the premier class riders joined the 5.403 Km race track for the first free practice which was held in cloudy conditions with ambience temperature of 24°C (34°C on the asphalt).
Just three weeks after an operation on his injured leg LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet was back on his MotoGP bike.
The LCR Honda rider returned to racing just 23 days after undergoing surgery to repair a broken leg suffered in the Grand Prix of Germany on July 19th, 2010.
The Frenchman aim is to finish this season as the top privateer so he worked hard in the last 15 days to be fit for the tenth round of the season but his first run out has not been easy.
The 29-year-old completed 16 laps aboard his RC212V in the 60-minute session struggling with pain and suffering yet another high-side crash, causing him to land on his already damaged leg.
De Puniet finished the day in the back of the pack, clocking only the 16th fastest time of the day at 2’00.184.
Randy De Puniet says: “I knew that it would not be easy so this is exactly what I was expecting. Everybody thinks I came back too early but I feel fit even though my leg aches especially when changing gear. However I think I can improve my physical condition session by session and hopefully the pain will be less and less.”
“Today I did not get any painkiller but unfortunately I suffered a small highside after few laps and hurt my leg on the bike. That’s was very painful! The guys moved the shift pedal to make me more comfortable and I am confident we can improve step by step”.