Randy de Puniet Biography
Name: Randy de Puniet
Born: February 14, 1981 in Maisons-Laffitte (France)
Randy de Puniet is a French Grand Prix motorcycle racer racing with the Power Electronics Aspar team in MotoGP. He started professional motorcycle racing at the age of 17 in 1998, having won several races, including the French championship in the same year, before moving on towards the higher classes like the 250cc class, and later, MotoGP.
Early Racing Career
1998 was the first year he participated in the Grand Prix, moving up to the 125cc class after winning the French championship. And while he did not win any races in that class, he completed most of the races with enough points to let him cinch the 17th position. 3 years later, he moved to the 250cc class, where he won several races, allowing him to get the 5th overall position in 2005. He even defeated the former world champion, Jorge Martinez in one of the races. This win net allowed him to the move to the higher leagues, namely the MotoGP class.
In his first season in the MotoGP class, he joined the Kawasaki team where he remained until 2007. During this time, he finished races in winning positions, with second place being his MotoGP’s career’s highest.
At the end of the 2007 season, LCR Honda took him under their wing. De Puniet’s first major race for them ended up in an accident, with him suffering from a fractured ankle that made him not able to race in a few months. He returned in 2010 and raced until 2011 for LCR Honda.
Return to Track
In 2011, he joined the Pramac Racing team. This year, however, was the worst year for him, as he did not win any races during this year and did not earn enough points to make it on the rankings. 2011 was a dismal year for him, even though he showed signs of promise in his earlier races. In 2012, he left Pramac Racing for Power Electronics Aspar that gave him his new bike, the modified Aprilia RSV4. In this season, he made a huge comeback, earning points in order to earn the 13th position at the end of the season.
Currently, he is still racing for the Power Electronics Aspar team and is currently racing in the 2013 MotoGP World Championship. He is currently in the 15th place and he is showing no signs of giving up at all, even at age 32 and placed in a tournament where he is competing with several younger riders.