Randy de Puniet suffered his second race accident of the 2009 MotoGP season, and some short-term memory loss, when he crashed out of the wet Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang on Sunday.
The LCR Honda rider had high hopes for the race - and had climbed from eighth to fifth by the end of lap one, but it all came to a premature end when he lost the rear of his RC212V through the fast third turn next time around.
“I am very disappointed for me and the team,” said de Puniet. “We had found a good race set up yesterday and then the rain storm changed the conditions completely, but I was pretty confident as I usually lap with a good rhythm in the wet.
“I got a good start finishing the first lap in fifth position. Then in the second lap I lost the rear in turn 3 and suffered a big highside. I really do not remember what happened but after having watched the accident on the TV, I feel lucky because I am ok!” admitted the Frenchman, who broke his ankle in a motocross accident earlier in the season.
de Puniet, who finished just 15th in the 2008 MotoGP standings, will head for the Valencia season finale in twelfth position - but just seven points behind seventh placed riders Marco Melandri (Hayate) and Loris Capirossi (Suzuki).