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Puig rejects Schwantz comments

“You were a great rider, super spectacular, but referring to the results, you were always in the shade, first of Eddie Lawson and then permanently to Rainey.”

In defending his own contribution to Pedrosa's career, Puig states: “Since I retired from competition I have worked hard to help riders, mainly Pedrosa, but also at certain times riders like Casey Stoner, Toni Elias, Alvaro Bautista, Marc Marquez and Julian Simon. And all of them have been world champions.

“You, Mr. Schwantz, have had a riding school in Texas for years to help kids race and, to this day, no one has managed to even qualify to come and race in Europe. Nothing at all. In this field, zero success.”

Puig concludes with a story from when he and Schwantz were sharing the same racetrack, during the 500c German GP at Hockenheim in 1994. Mick Doohan took a runaway win, with Puig - also on a Honda - finishing in third, less than two-seconds from Schwantz's Suzuki.

“In 1994 I was honoured to share the podium with you and Michael Doohan in Hockenheim... In that race my Honda was faster than the Suzuki, and I took advantage of the slipstream to pass on the long straights, until we reached the chicanes or the stadium and there, under braking, you were better.

“At the end, on the podium, I felt a great respect and admiration for you, for a man who had just taught me how to brake on the limit with a racing bike.

“Sadly, after reading your statements... that respect born on a cold day in Hockenheim '94 has disappeared completely.”

In the original interview, Schwantz added that Lorenzo is favourite to win the 2013 title, Marc Marquez has a “great future” and warned that the series is “worth nothing” without Valentino Rossi.

Prior to reaching MotoGP, Pedrosa won the 125cc title in 2003, then 250cc title in 2004 and 2005.

UPDATE: Puig's full statement has now been published on the official MotoGP website - just as happened in 2008, when Puig responded to criticism from Nicky Hayden: Puig blasts Hayden.

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April 29, 2013 12:58 PM

Why is Puig so mad ? It took 2 years for Stoner and Rossi to be WC in the elite class, 3 years for Lorenzo. I thought Schwantz was just telling the truth. Dani needs to reach another level if he wants to win a tittle against the likes of Lorenzo, Rossi and probably Marquez now (?).

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