De Puniet breaks leg at Sachsenring
|By Matt Beer||Sunday, July 18th 2010, 13:28 GMT|
Randy de Puniet has been diagnosed with a broken right leg after his crash during the German Grand Prix.
The Frenchman fell at Turn 4 on the ninth lap while amid a big gaggle of battling riders, and it appears he might have been struck by either Alvaro Bautista or Aleix Espargaro, both of whom hit the crashed LCR Honda and fell.
With the race stopped, de Puniet was immediately taken to the medical centre, where the initial diagnosis suggested breaks to both the tibia and fibula in his right leg.
He was already racing in some discomfort having suffered bruising when he crashed on the oil from Jorge Lorenzo's engine failure in qualifying. That accident saw de Puniet's legs slam into fellow crasher Ben Spies' Tech 3 Yamaha as he tumbled across the gravel trap.
De Puniet had been enjoying the finest season of his MotoGP career so far, holding fifth in the championship prior to the Sachsenring. He had put his hitherto erratic reputation behind him to finish every previous 2010 race in the top 10, with five top six finishes out of seven rounds.