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De Puniet feeling good on Spanish visit

De Puniet feeling good on Spanish visit

Randy de Puniet is happy to be fifth on the grid at Jerez and will be happy with a top ten result at round three.

Following his frustrating 2008 season, which resulted in several crashes for the LCR Honda team, Randy de Puniet wants to ride steadily at the Gran Premio de España and register another top ten result - after his solid start to the year so far.

Recording his best qualifying result since Australia last season, De Puniet as put himself fifth on the grid at Jerez, as the only satellite rider on the front two rows.

Having lapped 0.873s behind poleman Jorge Lorenzo on his Playboy sponsored RC212V in the Spanish sunshine, he commented, “The practices started very well for us yesterday. Immediately I had a good feeling with the bike and we have been improving things during the weekend so far. I know our set-up is almost perfect because I’m just behind the factory riders on the grid.”

“I have also been fast on race tyres so I am very confident for tomorrow. I expect a very good race and to start on the second row at this track is very important.”

Stating his straightforward hopes for Sunday’s MotoGP contest, he added, “If I can finish around seventh, eighth or ninth I will be happy because my target from the beginning of the year has been to consistently finish in the top ten in the first three or four races.”

De Puniet has thus far finished 10th and 11th respectively in Qatar and Japan and will go in search of more points tomorrow as he aims to move up the general standings from his current 11th place overall.

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