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de Puniet qualifies as top Ducati

Pramac Ducati's Randy de Puniet is aiming high as he qualifies just off the front row in Spain.
Coming to the end of a season where he has struggled to get the best from the Pramac Ducati, Randy de Puniet has the opportunity to end his 2011 campaign in style after qualifying in fourth place at Valencia.

Comfortably his best qualifying performance on the satellite Desmosedici, de Puniet has shown impressive form throughout the Valencia weekend, wet or dry, and was only bumped off the front row late on by Ben Spies.

A boost for the Frenchman, who isn't expected to remain with the squad next year, de Puniet wants to reward the Pramac team with a strong end to the season.

“I'm happy to end the season, at times unfortunate, so well. In these days my team worked so well. I found an excellent feeling with the bike and tyres. I feel confident in both the wet and the dry. It's been an up-and-down season, and I want to finish it as well as possible, as a way to thank the team.”

de Puniet's best finish in 2011 has been a fourth place at Phillip Island and he is currently classified 16th in the standings.



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Dan - Unregistered

November 05, 2011 8:36 PM

The cynical side of me says that randy lost his LCR ride because of corporate pressure to find a seat for Tony Elias, given that most of the money for satellite teams comes from Dorna, how can they (the teams) argue when those strings start being pulled. (note: this is just how I saw it, i could be wrong) I would love to see Randy on a Honda again, he was impressive in 2010 on the non backed Honda, I bet he could do great things with factory backing.

Smuabe - Unregistered

November 05, 2011 10:09 PM

Randy should take Gresini seat! semi or full factory supported! Suzuki seems to beenough for Hopkins comeback but I really would see all three (Randy, Hopper and Bautista) on a competitive Honda or Yamaha. Anyway I'm curious what Suzuki will decide tomorrow.



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