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Randy de Puniet finally confirms his promise

Randy de Puniet finally confirms his promise

Randy de Puniet finally confirms his promise

After his first season in the quarter-litre category, Randy de Puniet´s end of term report read like that of so many rookies; quick, but not consistent enough. Now, after an apprenticeship year with the Equipe de France set-up with whom he finished thirteenth in last year´s championship, de Puniet has moved to the Campetella Racing team.

With the Montecassiano-based outfit, de Puniet is determined to get to the next level in the 250 class. After finishing 5th in the German Grand Prix in 2001, his best GP result at that time, the 21 year-old did not hide his desire to be challenging for the podium spots on a regular basis. Now after a successful winter of testing, and his third-place showing at Sunday´s SKYY Vodka Grand Prix of Japan, the young Frenchman has shown he is a force to be reckoned with.

As he counts Suzuka amongst his favourite racetracks, de Puniet was especially keen to get his season off to a good start last weekend. In qualifying he once again demonstrated his undoubted speed by securing third place on the starting grid, but the best was yet to come. In the race proper, he showed a maturity that had previously been lacking. Despite the trying conditions, the wet track having put paid to many of the pre-race favourites, and up against a host of Japanese wildcards in their own backyard, Randy de Puniet combined both speed and security to obtain his first career podium. Additionally, after seeing off the challenges of Aoyama and Aoki, he also finished the race as the top European rider. After such a promising start to the season however, the young Frenchman will be desperate confirm his emergence at the next test in South Africa in two weeks time.

250cc, 2002, Randy de Puniet

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