News 6 Aug 2010

MotoGP: De Puniet set for return from injury at Brno round

Frenchman Randy de Puniet will return from a broken leg at Brno.

Frenchman Randy de Puniet will return from a broken leg at Brno.

LCR Honda MotoGP racer Randy de Puniet will attempt to return to racing at Brno’s round of the MotoGP World Championship in the Czech Republic on 13-15 August, after suffering from a broken left tibia bone in his leg in the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring last month.

The Frenchman underwent a successful two-hour operation on his left leg Sunday night after the German GP to insert a titanium rod and started an intensive rehabilitation program to be fit in time for the Brno round of the series.

“The first GP I watched on TV since my debut (Laguna Seca) was a bit hard for me but in the meantime it was good to me to take some rest,” de Puniet said. “A couple of days after the surgery I left the German hospital to begin the Hyperbaric Chamber sessions in Saint Marguerite Hospital in Marseilles under the supervision of Dr. Mathieu Coulange and his team.

“This machine increases both the pressure and oxygen levels to help repair the tissues of the body at a faster rate. Then I moved to Cannes to pursue my reeducation. I made sessions of ultrasounds to strengthen a littl e more my bones.”

De Puniet, know as one of the fittest men on the MotoGP circuit, is now back to training in the gym and on the bicycle.

“Last Monday I moved back home in Andora pursuing the ultrasounds sessions with a domestic machine and I finally started to do some sports,” he explained. “Every day I go to the gym for cycling and I am training the top of my body with rubber bands and exercises.

“The doctors are always surprised with the speed with which I recover, and I have to admit that I am as surprised as they are! I use less and less my crutches. I still hope to be back for next grand prix, however the final decision will be made in Brno next Thursday when the circuit doctor together with Doctor Costa will examine my leg and my overall physical condition.”

De Puniet has been in top form during 2010, qualifying on the front row on regular occasions and fighting hard to claim his first podium of the season.