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.