Randy de Puniet has described his tenth place finish in the Czech Grand Prix, less than a month after breaking his leg, as 'incredible'.
The LCR Honda rider was returning to action just over three weeks after injuring himself in an accident at the Sachsenring, de Puniet having missed just a single race during his recovery period.
While far from 100 per cent, de Puniet put in a brave performance as he diced for a top ten finish, the Frenchman even getting as high as eighth before dropping to an eventual tenth as he became 'exhausted'.
Having been on a strong run of form prior to the injury, de Puniet was delighted to have limited the damage to his championship position, which still stands at eighth.
"This is simply great! I could not expect such a positive weekend. Just three weeks after my injury I was back on my bike and could fight for the top ten. I want to thank the doctors, my family and my friends and of course the team because they helped me to get this incredible result. I could also fight for the eight position but I lost some tenths behind Melandri but in this condition it was pretty hard to overtake the others.
"Then I passed Melandri and started to be faster and together with Barbera we caught Simoncelli. At seven laps to go they both passed me as I was completely exhausted. I really dug deep in my reserves to finish this race and I am very happy about my performance.
"Now I will have almost two weeks to complete my recovery and hopefully we can obtain another positive result in Indianapolis."