Randy de Puniet admits he can't wait to sample the new LCR Honda during the upcoming MotoGP test at Sepang.
De Puniet will get chance to sample the 2010 version of the RC212V during the test, having run an older bike in Valencia back in November.
However, while admitting he was excited about his prospects with the machine, the Frenchman was quick to keep his expectations in check about hopes for the year ahead until he has had chance to hit the track.
“My team was in Japan last week to work on the bike and I spoke with my crew chief,” de Puniet told the official MotoGP website. “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.
“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 tried the new bike and I used the old one, so that's why Malaysia will be very good for me.”
De Puniet heads into the test still feeling the after effects of the ankle injury he sustained last year, although he said he was confident the problem would be fully resolved before the start of the season.
“I've done some good training this month but I'm not at 100 per cent 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.”