As expected, Randy de Puniet has been confirmed at the Pramac Ducati team for the 2011 MotoGP season.

By the end of Sunday's Valencia finale, de Puniet will have raced in MotoGP for five seasons.

The first two years were spent with the factory Kawasaki team, followed by three seasons at LCR Honda.

The Frenchman has improved noticeably during his time at Lucio Cecchinello's team and had been holding fifth in the championship, as the top satellite rider, when he broke his leg at round eight of this year in Germany.

de Puniet would probably have been happy to remain at LCR, but his seat has been taken by new Moto2 world champion Toni Elias.

Randy, who has taken two MotoGP podiums, had also been linked to Suzuki, but only one GSV-R is expected on the grid in 2011.

"Randy is a really good talent and I believe his experience will be very helpful in developing the bike," said Pramac Technical Director Fabiano Sterlacchini.

"I'm quite sure his riding style will suit our bike so I'm really optimistic that we'll have a really good season."

29-year-old de Puniet will ride alongside former Ducati MotoGP race winner Loris Capirossi, who is moving to Pramac from Suzuki.