It was a weekend to forget – De Puniet

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki rider Randy de Puniet has admitted that he was extremely disappointed with his performance at Jerez over the weekend after he failed to come away with any points.

De Puniet had struggled with brake problems in the build-up to the race weekend and during qualifying, but the issue was fixed on Saturday night.

However, with De Puniet not feeling comfortable on his bike, he finished 16th in Race 1 before retiring midway through Race 2 due to his engine breaking down just six laps after his bike had initially stopped on the sighting lap.

“Two difficult races for me today,” De Puniet told reporters after the race. “We fixed the problem with the brake which was good but I needed time to adapt my riding style with this.

“In race one the brake was consistent but I was not 100percent comfortable with the bike, I was racing with the guys who finished 13th all race but unfortunately I finished 16th. In race two my bike stopped on the sighting lap so I had to push it to the grid. The team fixed the issue in time but after six laps I broke the engine.”

De Puniet, who is currently in 17th place on the World Superbike standings, is hoping to have a better showing at his home race at Magny-Cours on October 4.

“It was a weekend to forget again and I really hope for more luck in Magny-Cours for my home race,” said the 34-year-old.

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