Meet Randy de Puniet, WSBK 2015 rider
Grand Prix driver for 15 seasons, Randy de Puniet moved away – a little – from competition in 2014 to develop the Suzuki prototype. In 2015, the French motorcycle rider turned the page on MotoGP and discovered the World Superbike. MNC Portrait.
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After and in 2011, in 2012, in 2013, in 2014, and a few days ago, it was Randy de Puniet’s turn to be published by Le Journal moto du Net…
His 15 years spent touring the most beautiful tracks in the world against the best riders in the Intercontinental Circus do not change anything: Randy de Puniet has this season the status of "rookie" (beginner in English) in World Superbike.
Fourth in the GP 250 world championship in 2003 at LCR (5 poles, 9 podiums including 3 wins) and third the following year still within Lucio Cecchinello’s team (2 poles, 8 podiums including 1 victory), the famous n ° 14 French joined the premier class after a more disappointing last season of "two-and-a-half".
Extremely swift on one lap, our top motorcycle rider often lacked consistency and race success, thus limiting his record in the premier class to a 2nd place at the 2007 Motegi GP on Kawasaki and a 3rd at the 2009 Donington Park GP on Honda (LCR!).
Dominated in the CRT "subcategory" by his teammate Aleix Espargaro at Aspar in 2012 and 2013, Randy took on the role of development driver for Suzuki in 2014 and stayed out of the races hoping for a return to competition on board. of "his" GSX-RR prototype…
Finally, it is riding a GSX-R1000 from World Superbike that Randy will try to relaunch his international career (read). As a reminder, Sylvain Guintoli had also started in WSBK in 2010 on a good – but already – old Suzuki. But five years later, Guinters is the "Number One" of the discipline !
News from the front ()
- Randy, how are you feeling after your painful and courageous debut in World Superbike? ?
I feel much better . I have fully recovered from my injuries
- Your goals for Assen ?
For Assen the goal is to have a normal weekend. After the electronics problems we had in Aragon, the weekend is not going to be easy. But the team worked a lot during the three days so I hope the bike will perform well..
- Right or left handed ?
Left foot, right hand
- Studies, diplomas ?
- Odd jobs ?
- Current occupation ?
- The quality that we recognize most often ?
Never let it down
- Your main fault ?
- Your hobbies ?
Sport: cycling, motocross, karting
- Vehicles currently in your garage ?
Transporter and Porsche 911 from 1986
- And in the garage of your dreams ?
Full of toys
- Your youthful idol ?
- Your first experience on a motorized two-wheeler ?
At three years old, on Christmas day
- Your first motorcycle race ?
At six years old in Monthlery
- Your first victory ?
At six years old in Paris, la Cipale
- Your best victory ?
Barcelona 2003 in Grand Prix 250
- Your greatest defeat ?
I do not remember…
- Your best memory on the track ?
When I led the French GP in 2007 for several laps
- Your best memory in the paddocks ?
I do not know. A lot, I spent half my life in it !
- Your best memory off the track ?
I do not remember
- Your favorite circuit ?
- Your favorite motorcycle ?
- The motorcycle that marked you the most ?
The 2007 MotoGP Kawasaki … and the Suzuki MotoGP that I tested in Valencia in 2011.
- A favorite race number ?
The 14th, because it’s the date of my birth
- Your strong points in piloting ?
I attack hard in fast corners
- Your weak points ?
- Your daily training ?
Lots of cycling, motocross and specific indoor work
- Your entourage during race weekends ?
My manager, my motorhome driver and from time to time friends
- Your personal goal ?
Make the best season possible
- Your opinion on Aprilia ?
- BMW ?
Very good engine
- The Ducati ?
- EBRs ?
Not very fast in motor
- Honda ?
- Kawasaki ?
The most homogeneous
- Your Suzuki ?
Very good chassis
- The Pirelli ?
Better than the idea that I had made
- What will be your life in ten years ?
I do not know
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