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Perfect weekend revs De Puniet up for home round

Perfect weekend revs De Puniet up for home round

Fourth place at Jerez left French rider Randy de Puniet delighted on Sunday afternoon.

Randy de Puniet followed up his best grid position of the season so far with his best result of 2009 at Jerez. LCR Honda’s French star was at his mercurial best in the Gran Premio de España, taking off from fifth on the grid and holding off the challenge of some fierce rivals for fourth place. For a man who has targeted simply consistent finishes in the current campaign, the placing was a joyous moment.

“It was a perfect weekend for me and the team. When I enjoy the bike I can go really fast and people can see that today,” said a vindicated De Puniet, who also made sure that his team and factory shared the plaudits for the job done.

“This was the best bike that I have had since I have been riding with Lucio Cecchinello’s team. It was very easy to ride and I had fun. I made a good start and when Dovizioso overtook me I remain concentrated trying to keep my position, and after few laps he made a mistake and I came back to fifth place. Then, at the end, the final result of the race gave me the fourth place overall. I am very satisfied about the work we made during this week end as we struggled a bit here during the pre season test.”

Testing will have little bearing on proceedings at the upcoming French round of the World Championship, De Puniet’s home race and held at a track where no MotoGP rider has ridden in 2009. The Jerez result, if nothing else, serves as a big motivation.

“Honestly I think that if we keep this pace for the rest of the season we can be very competitive. However, we will keep our feet on the ground as we must restart from zero in Le Mans. I absolutely want to end all the races to get as many points as possible. A big thank you to my team because they did a great job!”

MotoGP, 2009, GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA, Randy de Puniet, LCR Honda MotoGP

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