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de Puniet to undergo surgery

Randy de Puniet's nightmare German MotoGP weekend ended with the Frenchman heading for surgery on Sunday evening after fracturing his left leg.

de Puniet had been the innocent victim of Jorge Lorenzo's oil spill during Saturday qualifying and race day brought further bad luck when the LCR Honda rider fell from ninth place, on lap nine, and sustained fractures to his tibia and fibula.

The Frenchman's LCR Honda came to a halt on the track, where it burst into flames after being struck by Pramac's Aleix Espargaro and Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista. de Puniet was then hit by another rider (the team says Mika Kallio) causing the leg injuries.

de Puniet left the circuit by helicopter together with Doctor Costa of the Clinica Mobile and will undergo surgery at Hartmannsdorf hospital, where a pin will be inserted into his left leg.

The injury is very similar to that suffered by world champion Valentino Rossi at Mugello. Rossi made his comeback at Sachsenring, after a recovery time of six weeks, meaning de Puniet - the top satellite rider in the championship - is likely to miss at least the next two races.

“It can't be worse than this!" said a dejected de Puniet. "I took a bad start from the third row but I got back to ninth and my race pace was looking pretty good.

"I was pushing for sixth place, despite pain in my left ankle after yesterday's crash in qualifying. Suddenly I crashed at exit of turn four and another bike hit my left leg.

"I immediately realised that it was something serious and after the X-ray we discovered the truth.”

Espargaro and Bautista were not allowed to take part in the restart as both failed to return to pit lane with their bikes within the allowed five-minute window after the showing of the red flag.

Espargaro then went for scans, which revealed a cracked C6 vertebra, although it is not yet clear if it is a new or old injury.

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blah blah blah - Unregistered

July 19, 2010 1:53 AM

Well done Dorna....we now have a championship that tecnically speaking as of this moment is null and void - with all the riders injured at present it doesnt fulfill the minimum number of riders required for a championship unless replacements are found..... Thanks to Dorna tinkering constantly with the rules we also have fule regulations, engine life regulations and a control tyre (mainly due to a certain multiple world champion being flogged and TV ratings going down). None of which have EVER been present in a PROTOTYPE class. This Eurocentric bias we now see in the sport has been short sighted and will ultimately see it suffer!!! The racing sucks, the rules suck....DORNA YOU SUCK!!!!!

JOHN - Unregistered

July 18, 2010 10:41 PM

These men are hard! The unsung heros of sport :p I have the utmost and greatest of respect for them. For Randy it was a bad weekend to say the least (taking in Saturdays crash) but motorcycle racing is dangerous (very dangerous). I wish you well Randy :)

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