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de Puniet injures ankle.

It has been revealed that Honda LCR MotoGP rider Randy de Puniet broke his left ankle while training on a motocross bike last Saturday.

The Frenchman, who took his first podium finish since 2007 with third in the recent British Grand Prix, was riding with his personal trainer (and former motocross world champion) Yves Demaria when he fell 'entering a turn, hitting his left leg badly'.

After an examination of the injury, which confirmed a fracture, the 28-year-old underwent surgery to have a screw inserted. de Puniet will now do all he can to be back on track when the MotoGP summer break ends with the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno on August 16.

"Yves and I planned a specific training programme to improve my performance on track this year. This programme helped me a lot so far and, though the summer break, I could not stop training for 2 weeks time," explained de Puniet. "That's why we went out to make a short motocross training.

"Unfortunately I had a fall and the impact on the ground caused me the fracture of the left ankle. I am very disappointed for this inconvenience but training is very important for me to be well fitted on track. I will do my best to race in Brno and I am sure that the Clinica Mobile staff will support me in the best way."

de Puniet is currently the leading satellite Honda rider with eighth place in the MotoGP World Championship standings, after ten of 17 rounds, having already scored 13 points more than during the whole of last season.


Tagged as: Randy de Puniet , Demaria

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asefi - Unregistered

August 04, 2009 12:14 AM

Please enlighten me fellow posters... How many times have we heard this story? I remember Max Biaggi broke something while doing supermoto. I think Hayden broke something doing that too. These guys need to train wearing protective bubbles! But this is sad to hear. RdP has been the underdog of the year. He has totally done a 180 and it's awesome to see him fighting for the top 5 on a regular basis. Hope he can heal up in the next few weeks!

Mark c - Unregistered

August 04, 2009 5:05 PM

God what a nightmare. De Puniet has finaly stopped leaping off his bike at every race and has looked as fast as this year on what is about as far from a factory team as you can get. I realy feel for the guy. Still could do a Lorenzo and pull results out of the bag anyway. He isn't exactly a coward is he?



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