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de Puniet signs of 2009.

Randy de Puniet concluded an injury interrupted 2009 MotoGP season with seventh place during his second and last day of testing at Valencia on Tuesday.

Two days' earlier, the Honda LCR rider had finished his fourth MotoGP season eleventh in the race and world championship, but a mere five points from eighth (Alex de Angelis) and nine points from seventh (Toni Elias).

Having suffered no less than six non-scores in 2008, his first on the RC212V, de Puniet missed out on points just twice in 2009 - and claimed his first podium since 2007 with third place at the British Grand Prix.

The Frenchman finished the season with 106 points, compared with just 61 points in 2008, and will soon have the screws inserted into his ankle - to fix a fracture sustained while training on a motocross bike shortly after Donington Park - removed.

“We have tried to understand what happened on Sunday's race when I struggled with rear grip issues and today we have found a good solution to that problem” said de Puniet on Tuesday evening.

“We worked on Öhlins suspension new link and on the chassis geometry to make the bike more stable in the corners. I am pretty satisfied about the things we have fixed in the last two days as those data will be helpful for the 2010 machine which we are going to test in February.

“In two weeks time I will remove the screws from my left ankle and will keep on training to be in a good form at Sepang,” he confirmed.

The 28-year-old won't test on Wednesday and will be back on track next February in Malaysia to test the 2010 spec RCV.

Tagged as: Randy de Puniet , Honda LCR

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November 11, 2009 2:12 PM

Great season for dePuniet and LCR. IMO deserved higher in the standings but unfortunately lost valuable points in the last couple of races. Hoping he gets some decent upgrades for next year and can be so much more competitive. :D

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