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De Puniet happy with first MotoGP run

De Puniet happy with first MotoGP run

De Puniet happy with first MotoGP run

Randy de Puniet had a first taste of 4-stroke grunt on Monday afternoon at Valencia as he took advantage of a journalist test day to try out the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR he'll race in the premier class next year for the first time.

With time for only 12 laps before a drop in track temperature brought an end to the test, de Puniet's first outing on a MotoGP bike was a short one, but it was enough for him to be impressed with the power of Kawasaki's 990cc, inline four-cylinder engine.

"I only had a short time on track, I think 12 laps in total, but it was enough to get a good first impression of the Ninja ZX-RR," said de Puniet. "The MotoGP bike is very different to the 250cc machines I have been riding; it's heavier, of course, and it definitely has a lot more power. You notice the extra power most when exiting the turns, where good throttle control is important. I know that learning to get the most from a MotoGP bike is going to take many, many laps, but I'm looking forward to starting the process when we begin testing properly on Wednesday. Overall, my first impression is very positive, but now the hard work begins."

Testing for the Kawasaki Racing Team will continue at Valencia on Wednesday and Thursday when de Puniet will be joined on track by Kawasaki's test and development rider, Olivier Jacque. Kawasaki's lead rider, Shinya Nakano, will take no part in the Valencia test having already flown back to Japan for further treatment on the wrist injury he sustained during a practice crash on Friday.

MotoGP, 2005

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