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de Puniet looking forward to Catalunya

Randy de Puniet is confident of continuing his best ever start to a MotoGP season this weekend in Catalunya.

The LCR Honda rider, who graduated to MotoGP in 2006, sits sixth in the world championship after the first six rounds of the season, making him the leading satellite rider.

de Puniet has qualified second on the grid at the last two rounds, and finished sixth at the last three races, helping build 56 points. That compares with 42 points at the same stage in 2009, 18 points in 2008, 19 in 2007 and 11 in 2006.

Should de Puniet continue his perfect 2010 finishing record, he is likely to move ahead of the absent Valentino Rossi this weekend, but is facing pressure from Casey Stoner and Ben Spies.

“Barcelona is another fast race track with many fast corners,” said Randy of this weekend's event. “It is another track that suits my riding style and the way we have been working so far makes me confident to get another positive result.

“I won two races in 250cc class and got the front in 2007 with Kawasaki so I have got very good memories about this circuit.

“I do not want to dream about the podium because I need to stay focused on our job to take as many points as possible but I am pretty sure we can lap in the front once again as the overall package is quite good at the moment.”

de Puniet's best end-of-year MotoGP result is eleventh overall, with a best points tally of 108, both of which he looks set to shatter this season.

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Klank - Unregistered

July 01, 2010 1:59 PM

Somebody give Randy a factory seat! He's doing some amazing things with that satellite 212V this season, great to see him up the sharp end, but more importantly, a racer who is enjoying himself! He's far exceeded all expectations from his team, sponsors and I'd go as far as to argue he's already met his own aspirations for 2010, front row starts etc. Be nice if HRC gave him a few special parts over the coming races. Bit more grunt would work wonders for him.. Top work so far, Randy. Keep up the form.

Hedgeholer - Unregistered

July 01, 2010 1:19 PM

I used to think he was an erratic loon. Now my heart says I hope he gets a podium because he's making such a bold & intense effort. My head says the bike's not quite close enough for that to happen but...

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