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De Puniet eager to get on new bike

De Puniet eager to get on new bike

The French rider has been training intensely throughout the winter months and is looking forward to next week’s Sepang Test.

In just over one week’s time the riders who will make up the 2010 MotoGP grid will take to the asphalt at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, as the on-track preparations for the new season intensify.

LCR Honda rider Randy de Puniet will be one of those present at the first official MotoGP Test of the year, and after his team were recently at Honda Racing’s workshop in Tokyo to work on the 2010 version of the RC212V the Frenchman is excited about the new machine.

“My team was in Japan last week to work on the bike and I spoke with my crew chief,” De Puniet explained to motogp.com. “He told me the bike is completely new, and it will be closer to the factory prototype – this is great news for next year! Now I just have to wait to ride it because it’s not so easy to speak about the improvements until you’ve tried the bike out on the track.”

De Puniet continued: “I’m excited about Sepang because I’ll try the new bike there. It’s been almost three months now (since the end of the season). Some riders at the Valencia Test (last November) tried the new bike and I used the old one, so that’s why Malaysia will be very good for me.”

De Puniet has been training hard off the track as he continues to fully recover from the fractured ankle he suffered last August, and he is confident he will be in top shape for the start of the new campaign.

“I’ve done some good training this month but I’m not at 100% yet,” he said. “I need to be at that for the first race, and that’s why we have this good schedule. Now it’s time to ride the bike and after to resume training, but I think we are on course.”

De Puniet has also been training alongside Jules Cluzel, who will race in this year’s Moto2 category. He continued: “Jules came to train with me because he wanted to improve his physical condition. I tried to help him and I think he did a good job, because for him it was a completely new workout. We did cycling, motorcycling, running, and many other things for between three and four hours per day, five days per week and over a three-week period. It was good for both of us.”

Concluding, De Puniet expressed his thoughts on the recent announcement that the premier class will have a maximum engine capacity of 1000cc from 2012.

“It will be interesting, especially on the riding side, and there will also be more power. The bike will be harder to control,” he said. “I think if you can reduce the cost for the team, this is a good option and I think that’s why the change has been decided upon, because the cost now is very high, especially for a private team like mine.”

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MotoGP, 2010, Randy de Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP

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