de Puniet considering Superbike move

The Frenchman is setting his sights on a new deal with Pramac, or a return to LCR Honda for 2012, but is also considering Superbikes.
Randy de Puniet says he will not completely rule out a switch to the World Superbike Championship next season, but will only move if he receives a competitive package.

The Frenchman is considering his future having struggled to be competitive with Pramac Racing this season, de Puniet having switched to the satellite Ducati team after finishing top ten overall for LCR Honda in 2010.

Though de Puniet is prioritising MotoGP, in particular a stay with Pramac, or a possible switch to LCR Honda or Tech 3 Yamaha, he hasn't ruled out the possibility of following in the footsteps of Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi by committing to World Superbikes.

Indeed, while de Puniet, who has reportedly been approached by former MotoGP employers Kawasaki, insists he will only join the Superbike ranks if the deal is correct, he holds it in higher regard than moving to one of the proposed CRT MotoGP teams or Moto2.

“There is a place at LCR if it does not happen with Dovizioso and Bradl, a place for Tech 3 if Colin (Edwards) leaves, and then there is Pramac and maybe Gresini," de Puniet told his personal blog.

"So it's either one of these options, and then Superbike if we can find a competitive bike. If I go to SBK, it is to be in front, not to be eighth or ninth.

“Otherwise, it will be home waiting to be called as a replacement. What is crystal clear is that will not ride a CRT bike or in Moto2.”

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August 18, 2011 10:01 AM

That's great, he's a fast rider at the top of his game, and nobody in MotoGP will give him a decent ride. In WSBK he'll get a decent ride, can enjoy the on track action and then the more relaxed friendly pits. MotoGP is just becoming too technical.


August 18, 2011 10:25 AM

As a fan of both I'd love to see him on a Kwakka again (I await the disagrees), Except, I would not like it to be at the expense of Sykes. I believe the 2 together would be awesome. A Kawasaki return to Motogp would be Ideal. The 2009 zx-rr looked amazing and went like the clappers.

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