De Puniet aims podium finish in Valencia
31 October 2007 – The final round on the 2007 MotoGP calendar marks the end of an ero for Randy de Puniet, who leaves Kawasaki for the Honda LCR team at the end of the year. De Puniet has a successful history at the 4km, Ricardo Tormo track, having won the 250cc World Championship round there in 2003 and getting a third the following year.
Last year, on the 990cc ZX-RR, he was not so lucky, crashing out on the fifth lap, so he'll certainly want to improve on that result. Judging by his recent performances, the Frenchman will be able to do just that.
"Valencia is a small track but, even though I usually prefer the faster circuits, I'm quite fond of it. It's difficult to maintain a strong, fast level there so it's imperative to maintain maximum concentration. If you can ride without any mistakes, you can do well," said Randy de Puniet. "I'm feeling good after the last three races, which gave me two top six finishes and a podium, so I'm hoping I can get a good result in Spain, especially as it's the last race of the season and my last race for Kawasaki. I've been with them for two years and have many good memories and I'll like to get another podium before I leave. The bike's working so well now, but we'll have to see what happens at the weekend."