Randy de Puniet says he cannot be happy to miss out on the top ten in both races at Laguna Seca having started the weekend brightly for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki.

Experienced around the Californian circuit as a result of his time in MotoGP, the Frenchman was a contender to reach SP2 during the early part of the weekend, but a fall in FP4 would force him to revert to a spare bike for qualifying and the races.

Unable to get comfortable on a GSX-R1000 he hadn't ridden since Assen, though de Puniet made progress in both races from 17th on the grid, he could only manage a pair of 11th place finishes.

"Two 11th places, so it's better than the previous races, but I am a little disappointed because we started the weekend very well. I crashed in FP4 when I had a very good place and qualified 17th on the grid. To start on the sixth row here is not so easy and the feeling was not quite as it was before the crash so I tried to manage as best I could.

"We made some small adjustments between the two races but it was not enough. I also struggled a little for the second half of race two with the brake, race one was ok, but race two was not as easy, so we will look to improve this and a little more with the chassis for a better corner-entry feeling.

"Now with this base we can look to improve further at Malaysia. It's a track I know well and enjoy, after my time in MotoGP, so I can get into the rhythm quickly and look to have a better feeling with the GSX-R."

Though the results still mark his second-best finishes of the season, de Puniet remains down in 18th overall.



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