Randy de Puniet is confident he can recreate the form that saw him emerge as a consistent front runner during the early stages of the 2010 MotoGP season, despite switching from LCR Honda to Pramac Ducati.
The Frenchman was a revelation during the first few races of the 2010 season, with two front row starts and five top six finishes in the opening seven races. However, his leg-breaking accident during the German Grand Prix necessitated a laborious road to full recovery, preventing him from matching that pace during the second-half of the year.
Nonetheless, de Puniet maintains he is fully recovered from that injury now and ready to 'push hard' with new employers Pramac Ducati.
"I am happy with this new adventure in Ducati. I am back 'Italian' again, as in the past I have already ridden an Italian bike. I really enjoyed riding with my Ducati, even if sometimes it is still a bit hard to control, especially when cornering.
“Last year, despite the bad leg injury, I have achieved good results. Now the most important thing for me is knowing that the leg has not given me any problems and in these first tests I was able to push hard.
“The goal is certainly to be repeated this season. With my work and my engineers we are confident that this goal is easily attainable. Already in a few days we will face a new test in Sepang and I am sure that we can already improve our results."
de Puniet ended the 2010 season in ninth position overall – his best year in the top flight.