Motegi MotoGP: Randy de Puniet reveals broken wrist injury

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French rider Randy de Puniet has vowed to ride through the pain barrier in this weekend’s Japanese Moto GP after revealing he has a broken right wrist.

The LCR Honda rider discovered the damage after a medical check when he returned to Europe after the storm-lashed Indianapolis GP earlier this month.

The former factory Kawasaki rider, who claimed his one and only MotoGP podium at the Twin Ring Motegi a year ago, believes he suffered the injury when he high-sided out of the Misano GP on the first lap.

He managed to ride unaware of the severity of the injury in America and is confident he will able to do so again in the Far East this weekend, despite told by doctors that he would normally need a month off.

“I had a big crash in Misano but I didn’t know about this problem in Indianapolis. I came back to Europe and found out that I’d got a break in my right wrist and normally I need one month of complete rest but I rode in Indianapolis so I am confident I will be fine, “said de Puniet, who recently confirmed he will be with Lucio Cecchinello’s satellite Honda squad in 2009.

He added: “I’ll see tomorrow how it is on the bike and maybe I can do something with the Clinica Mobile to have less pain but I will try in the morning with nothing and we will see after. I’ve raced in the past with some injury and I’m confident it will be fine.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt