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Bruised and battered Pramac Ducati team ready for Brno

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After the misfortune of the Laguna Seca grand prix, where Randy De Puniet didn't take part due to a qualifying crash, the Pramac Racing team resume their season at Brno this weekend with both riders in far from perfect shape.

De Puniet's teammate Loris Capirossi, won't be in top form, but the goal is to take to the track for the race. De Puniet took the 250cc win at this track in 2003, and it's also one of the favorites of Capirossi, who in 2006 finished first aboard the factory Ducati.

?Missing the race at Laguna Seca was very difficult for me to accept, especially after the hard work carried out during practice and qualifying," De Puniet said.

"During the past couple of weeks, I visited the doctor to better understand the situation with my pelvis," the Frenchman continued. "Fortunately, there are no fractures, but the pain still hasn't gone away. I underwent, and am still undergoing, daily therapy in order to be ready for Brno. The bike had responded well to input in recent races, and it would be a shame not to take full advantage of this positive moment for us with the bike."

Loris Capirossi will be taking to the Brno circuit for the 21st time and despite still struggled with injury is happy to be on track for one of his favorite tracks.

?Unfortunately, the shoulder problem is persisting. The doctor said I should undergo surgery, but I'll only consider that after the championship," the Italian said. "For now I'm undergoing therapy every day. For Brno I hope to continue improving my physical condition. I?ve rested during this two-week break, which I really needed. I want to ride well and to finally have a good result. The Czech track is one of my favorites, so hopefully I'll manage that," the 38-year-old concluded.

Pramac Racing Technical Director, Fabiano Sterlacchini, added, "We come to Brno after a break of a couple weeks, although our two riders, Loris Capirossi and Randy De Puniet, certainly won't be at 100%.

"Loris continues to undergo daily therapy on his shoulder. After the miracle at Laguna Seca, where he managed to finish the race, there's hope that he?ll be better. Randy's condition is still uncertain. The fractures that he suffered are quite painful, but he has the will to race. He?s not taking anti-pain medication these days, but maybe he will if he decides to ride. Brno is a very nice circuit, even if there are some particular spots to consider fast changes of direction, so the bike will have to be stable."

Main Photo: Loris Capirossi

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