DE PUNIET TAKES TOUGH 10th FINISH AT "THE ISLAND" GP
Phillip Island, 17 October: In a tough race LCR Honda MotoGP racer Randy de Puniet finished 10th in today's Australian Grand Prix at a sunny Phillip Island ahead 41.537 MotoGP fans. The notorious unpredictable Island weather
changed again today for the last over sea round of the calendar so sunny skies and spring temperature of 16C degrees welcomed the premier class riders today for the 27-lap race that got underway at 16:00 local time.
The Frenchman riding the LCR RC212V was again a strong performer in yesterday's qualifying posting the 7th lap time (second Honda rider on the grid) and was happy with his race pace at the track he loves. Unfortunately the 29-year made a mistake in a close battle with Melandri but he managed to finish in the top-ten.
De Puniet -- 10th: "I am disappointed as I expected a top-six finish. 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..."