DE PUNIET ROUNDS SEASON OFF WITH THE 9TH POSITION IN THE WORLD STANDING
Valencia, 7 November: the ultimate round of 2010 season at Ricardo Tormo circuit was run with ambience temperature of 22o.C ahead 80.774 warm fans and the title of the smallest class has been assigned to another Iberian rider: Marquez. The premier class last race of the calendar got underway at 14:00 local time with LCR Honda MotoGP Team racer Randy De Puniet celebrating his 200th GP.
After yesterdays' qualifying session, the Frenchman took the start from the 11th spot on the grid but, like the 2009 race, the rear tyre dropped in the middle of the 30-lap race and he managed to end 10th. De Puniet finishes his third season aboard the LCR machine in a brilliant 9th position scoring 116 points. LCR Team will be back on track on Tuesday and Wednesday to start his new adventure with Toni Elias.
De Puniet -- 10th
De Puniet: "Well... to start from the fourth row on the grid was a bit difficult for me but I immediately set my pace trying to catch the guys up there. In the last two days we worked mainly on traction control and our overall package was quite good. Maybe we have been too cautious working on engine mapping and rear tyre life so when I was stuck in the second group I had not enough speed in the corners and I was not able to overtake my competitors. Honestly I aimed to finish in the top six but this is racing and I am satisfied about my final position in the standing considering the bad accident I suffered in the middle of the season. I want to thank Lucio and the Team for the five years together (two in 250cc class and three in the premier one). We shared good and bad moments and this period was an important part of my career".