De Puniet Struggles In Indianapolis Heat

After a difficult qualifying session yesterday, LCR Honda pilot Randy De Puniet started the Indianapolis Grand Prix in 17th on the grid. The Frenchman is still recovering from his fractured leg that he sustained six weeks ago during the German GP, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway only served to add more pressure on this leg, as the track has 10 left-hand .

De Puniet used whole weekend trying to find his rhythm and to find the right setup, but the Motor Speedway is one of the bumpier and more abrasive tracks on the calendar and despite alot of very hard work by him and his mechanics,  De Puniet struggled with handling problems and pain. Randy finished the race in 13th, mainly due to retirements.

Speaking after the race, a dejected De Puniet said, “Honestly this was the toughest race for me since the beginning of the year… even more demanding than Brno! This track is heavily biased with ten left hand corners and six right hand corners which make changing direction very punishing. Then the surface is very bumpy and everybody struggled with grip levels. We tried to get the most from our bike and I even tried to change my riding style but at the end I could not find my pace. I am still holding the 8th position in the classification and I am pretty sure that the next race we will be up there once again as I like Misano layout”