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Randy de Puniet analyses the championship ahead of his home race

Randy de Puniet analyses the championship ahead of his home race

Randy de Puniet analyses the championship ahead of his home race

Frenchman Randy de Puniet enters the Grand Prix Polini de France pumped with the same level of ambition and desire he has shown at the start of the 2003 campaign. This is his third season in the quarter-litre category and, now a factory rider, the notoriously temperamental De Puniet is planning a consistent strategy for the rest of the season. So far he has notched up two podiums and occupies third position in the standings, and he spoke to about his hopes for his home race at Le Mans. What are your feelings going into your home GP?

Randy de Puniet: I have a good feeling and I'm very motivated. So far I have produced two good races, in South Africa and in Jerez, and I am hoping at least to repeat these results and get on the podium. I have to say that Le Mans is not one of my favourite tracks. I like the fast circuits, like Mugello and Suzuka, while those like Le Mans have to be ridden with continuous braking and acceleration. However I have good memories there. Last year I stepped onto the podium in third place and this year I want to better this result. Have you been surprised by Manuel Poggiali?

RdP: No, no. He is a good rider and has a very competitive bike. But in Jerez we saw that he wasn't unbeatable – he finished fourth whilst Elías showed his best form. Also Rolfo was at the front, with the Honda that seems to be better every race, so I believe there are various riders that can win races and really my objective is to stay consistent. It is important to finish all the races and, if it is possible, get as many podiums as possible. For this reason I am satisfied with my third place in Jerez. If I am obsessed with winning then it means having to take risks and maybe encountering some bad luck where I do not collect any points. Supposedly the dream scenario is that you take you first ever win this weekend in front of your fans…

RdP: Yeah, without a doubt, but this will not be easy at all. My plan is simply to be on the podium once more, the highest step possible, like I do at every GP. If I am third then OK, if I am second that is better, and if I win, well…I´m sure there will be a big party! But I repeat that my goal is to finish every race well and this will have good repercussions for the championship and maybe possibilities to fight for the title. If you are fighting for the title come November who do you think will be your main adversaries?

RdP: Well I hope I am – this is what the team are working for. I think that Poggiali, Elías, Nieto, Rolfo, the Honda is not far away, will all be there or thereabouts. And of course, I hope to be with them in the final battle!

250cc, 2003, Randy de Puniet

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