De Puniet Breaks Ankle During Training

After the joy of his surprise podium at Donington Park, Randy de Puniet had misfortune to deal with last weekend. The Frenchman was training with his coach, former motocross champion Yves Demaria, at a track near Aix-en-Provence when he crashed his motocross bike, falling heavily on his leg. He was immediately taken to a local hospital where X-rays revealed a fractured in his left ankle. A screw was immediately inserted to fix the bones, and de Puniet was immediately discharged from hospital.

The Frenchman is due to meet with Clinica Mobile staff over the next few days to discuss his physical rehabilitation, and expects to be able to ride at the next MotoGP round at Brno in ten days time. A press release by the LCR Honda team quoted De Puniet as saying "I am very disappointed about this setback but training is very important for me in order to be in good shape in MotoGP. I will do my best to race in Brno and I am sure that the Clinica Mobile staff will support me in the best way."

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,since this type of accident happens on occasion (Similar happened to Hayden some years back) ,, I'm not sure how much a veteran racer like RDP gets out of motocross as it relates to "training" DURING the season. It it an awful big risk to take. I would think that a contractual obligation to everyone (sponsors) who invest in you would discourage such risks.. good thing that there is a long break before the next round,, speedy recovery

De Puniet has two weeks to mend; it is not like he is in WSBK and would have 4+ weeks available.