DE PUNIET ROUNDS SEASON OFF WITH ANOTHER SOLID FINISH

Valencia, 8 November: the ultimate round of 2009 season at Ricardo Tormo circuit was run with ambience temperature of 19o.C with premier class riders struggling with strong winds and local hero Dani Pedrosa took the victory ahead 94.177 national fans.

The LCR Honda MotoGP Team racer Randy De Puniet started from the head of the third row yesterday's good qualifying when he took the seventh fastest lap time at the 4.005 Km race track. The Frenchman set impressive lap times throughout the week end but he was not able to translate his pace into a good performance today. The 28-year-old took a goof start for the 30-lap race finishing the first run in 6th position but struggled with rear grip issues managing to end the last round 11th. De Puniet finished his third year in MotoGP in 11th position with 106 points. LCR Team will be back on track tomorrow for two days of testing.

De Puniet -- 11th

De Puniet -- 11th: "Honestly I would have preferred to finish the last race of the season in the top six positions and I am a bit disappointed about today's result. I took a good start from the third row ending the first run 6th but after 12 laps I started to lose grip on the left side of the rear. I could not control the bike in the corners as it slid too much; that's why the other guys caught me! However I want to thank Lucio and the Team for their efforts; we had a positive season together and I am pretty sure we could have had a better result if I hadn't suffered the left ankle fracture in the middle of the season. I am happy to continue with them for next year because we have got the potential to be the most competitive Honda private Team".

-credit: lcr