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Q&A: Randy de Puniet.

I like racing so this is not a problem for me. The difficult part will be in May and until the end of June, that is a busy period on the calendar, but it's the same for everyone. This season will be an important one for me, so I hope there are not too many surprises.

Q:
Did you get some time for holidays and to relax during the winter break?

Randy de Puniet:
Yes, I was in Ireland with my girlfriend for ten days and then mainly at home training, maintaining my fitness and just relaxing.

Q:
And where is home for you?

Randy de Puniet:
I live in Andorra. It's a nice place and in the winter there is snow, which is a lot of fun, plus I have many friends there.

Q:
And this year there are two French riders in the Kawasaki team...

Randy de Puniet:
It's great, the more French riders in MotoGP the better. For Kawasaki this was the best choice this season because Olivier has been the test rider and doing a lot of work with the team. I already had a two year contract and I'm happy OJ will be racing with us this year.

Q:
With less electronic control on the 800cc motors this year will this mean the opportunity for greater rider input?

Randy de Puniet:
Yes, there will be more influence from the rider and I prefer that, especially towards the end of a race when you have to manage the tyres. Fortunately it is not like F1, this is important, because in MotoGP the rider can make the difference.

Q:
What is the difference between testing and racing?

Randy de Puniet:
Testing is more relaxed even though it is an eight hour day at the track, which can sometimes mean 85 laps. But you do not have the same pressure as a race weekend when there is less time. At the race weekends I try to carry over that relaxed approach because when you are relaxed it is easier to perform at your maximum.

Q:
Do you have some favourite tracks in MotoGP?

Randy de Puniet:
I like the fast circuits, like Mugello, Sepang and Barcelona but not so much tracks like China and Estoril.

Q:
What is the best part of being a MotoGP rider?

Randy de Puniet:
Just to be able to ride these bikes, which are at the top level of performance in motorcycling. My dream is keep doing this for a long time and become one of the top riders in the world.

Q:
This year you will race with number 14, not your usual number 17. Why?

Randy de Puniet:
Last year was not a good season for me so I thought I would change from number 17. I wanted to use number 7 but Carlos Checa uses this number - so it is 14, two times seven.



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