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Randy de Puniet - 2006 Rider Profile

2006 Rider Profiles
Randy de Puniet

Randy de Puniet has been involved with motorcycles since he was old enough to walk. At three-years-of-age the young Frenchman first threw his leg over a motorcycle, with his race debut coming just three years later at the tender age of six years.

After winning back-to-back titles in the French National 125cc Championship in 1997 and 1998, de Puniet made his Grand Prix debut as a wild card entry at the 1998 Grand Prix.

His performance in his first World Championship race was enough to secure the young Frenchman a full time ride in the championship the following year.

In 2001 de Puniet moved up to the quarter-litre class aboard a customer specification Aprilia 250cc machine. Two podiums on a non-factory bike the following season were enough to convince Aprilia to give Randy a factory bike for 2003, and he repaid them with his debut Grand Prix win in that season's Catalunya Grand Prix.

Having secured 5 wins, 22 podiums and 9 pole positions during his time in the 250cc World Championship, de Puniet will step up in 2006 to the Premier MotoGP class with Kawasaki, where he'll ride a Ninja ZX-RR alongside Shinya Nakano.


  • Born: 14th February 1981 - Andresy, France
  • Nationality: French
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Residence: Andorra
  • Height: 169cm / 5'7"
  • Weight: 62kg / 136lbs
  • Hobbies: Sports, leisure activities, nature
  • First Grand Prix: 1998 (Wild Card)
  • Grand Prix Race Wins: 5 (250cc World Championship)
  • Grand Prix Podiums: 22 (250cc World Championship)
  • Grand Prix Pole Positions: 9 (250cc World Championship)
  • Career Summary;

  • 2005: 250cc World Championship (Aprilia Aspar Team). 1 win - Donington Park
  • 2004: 3rd, 250cc World Championship (Factory Aprilia). 1 win - Catalunya. Bologna Supermoto Race Winner
  • 2003: 4th, 250cc World Championship (Factory Aprilia). 3 wins - Catalunya, Brno, Valencia
  • 2002: 9th, 250cc World Championship (Aprilia). 2 podium finishes
  • 2001: 13th, 250cc World Championship (Aprilia)
  • 2000: 17th, 125cc World Championship
  • 1999: 18th, 125cc World Championship
  • 1998: World Championship debut. 1st, French National 125cc Championship
  • 1997: 1st, French National 125cc Championship