De Puniet Suffers Fractured Vertebrae In Qualifying

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Randy de Puniet will assess his physical condition in the Sunday morning warm-up after suffering a fractured vertebrae as well as a suspected fracture to his pelvis in a qualifying crash.

The Frenchman qualified down in 15th but his participation in today's race is in doubt. After admitting to suffering from severe pain, he is still determined to take part in the grand prix.

“Not much to say. I made a mistake trying to push when I just left the pits but the tires were probably not yet ready. Really a shame because my feeling in this track was good in all practice sessions and ruin everything so this weekend is really bad. The physical pain is also strong, I move with difficulties, but tomorrow morning I want to try to get on the bike to see if I can participate in the race.”

It continued a terrible run of luck for the Pramac Racing squad with Loris Capirossi only returning to racing this weekend following an injury of his own. The experienced Italian is still experiencing pain in his shoulder but is determined to complete the race.

“It was really hard. For each change of direction the shoulder gives me a lot of pain, but we came here and we will fight until the end to finish the race in the best possible way. I’m sorry for the whole team that is working so hard as usual to help me to always be faster. Tomorrow I will do my best for them.”

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