LCR Hondas Randy De Puniet has come away from Phillip Island unhappy with a top 10 finish, after having his own expectations of a top 6 finish thwarted by his own mistake. Qualifying in 7th, this was a realistic target to reach, however after making a mistake during a battle with Marco Melandri, De Puniet was left to battle through from the back.
After catching up with Ãlvaro Bautista who was involved in a fight of his own with Mika Kallio, De Puniet used his experience to squeak past the both of them to claim a well deserved 10th place.
“I am disappointed as I expected a top-six finish.” said Randy after the race.
“With the lap time I did during the race I could have finished in a better position. I had a real constant lap time during the whole race and I was faster and faster lap by lap. At the beginning of the race I was behind Melandri and overtook him a couple of times but he overtook me back and on turn 4 I passed him again in the inside.”
“But I made a mistake on downshifting and ran wide in the grass loosing many places. After that it was a chase race for me as I tried hard to come back…”