De Puniet joins Honda LCR in 2008
24 August 2007 – The Honda LCR MotoGP team announced that it reached an agreement with 26 year-old French rider Randy de Puniet to race in the 2008 and 2009 MotoGP World Championships with their team. The deal between Team Manager Lucio Cecchinello and Randy de Puniet was signed on Friday.
After having previously raced for Lucio Cecchinello's team in 2003 and 2004 on board an official 250cc Aprilia (taking 17 podiums - 4 victories - and 7 pole positions), Randy will compete once again in LCR Team colours during the 2008 season on a Honda RC212V.
Team manager Lucio Cecchinello said: "We are very happy to work with Randy again. Our past collaboration gave the team some impressive results, and thanks to Honda, our technical partners and our sponsors' support, Randy will be able to demonstrate his huge potential once again in the most prestigious and competitive class in the world in 2008."