De Puniet speaks ahead of Sepang Test

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    Like the majority of MotoGP riders, Frenchman Randy de Puniet will set off this Friday for Malaysia, where with his Kawasaki Racing team he will resume preseason practice.

    “I want to get back on the track” explained de Puniet. “We have had practically two months of rest, but the truth is that it has gone very well. The tests that we undertook in Sepang in November were positive, and this extended break has allowed us time to reflect and define our 2006 plan” As with most rookies who this year will step up to MotoGP, de Puniet has had to subject himself to a program of special physical preparation which will allow him to bear the extreme forces that 990cc racing places on the body.

    “I was in England for a week, not just to improve my English but also my physical shape. I worked with Kawasaki´s physical trainer. He gave me a first evaluation in November and now I have a specific program to follow. I have always been used to doing a lot of sport, but now I do it according to a plan. I have done jogging, racing, a bit of weight training and squash, but I also did some motorcross during the winter” de Puniet added.

    For the Sepang tests, de Puniet will have the 2006 version of the Ninja ZX-RR at his disposal, a ride which he already had a go on before the winter break. The bike´s main adjustments are a new chassis and the big change to the inline four 990cc engine, more compact than the previous model.

    “Last time I only did a few laps with Shinya´s bike, but now we have two separate machines with which to prepare ourselves well for the 2006 season. This month is jam packed, seeing as after Malaysia we will be in Australia in February and in the middle we go again to Sepang, before setting off for Europe. There is a lot of work ahead, but I am still very enthusiastic”

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