> Randy de Puniet, of LCR Honda, will not be participating in the MotoGP Official Test to be held next week. This will be the last premier class event of the current season. De Puniet is yet to recover from a wrist injury, which has plagued the rider in the final third of the year.
Owing their data with which to plan their 2009 plan of attack, to the post-race run-out in Valencia held, late last month, De Puniet and his team seem to be in safe waters though. Following this last appearance which was also his first with the Honda-Bridgestone package, De Puniet immediately went into treatment for his injury.
Commenting on the development, De Puniet said, ‘I won’t be testing in Jerez, which will be good for me to recover completely. I’m wearing a big protective support on my hand and wrist and, although I can’t do some movements with my right hand, the injury is getting better and less painful.’
Last seen wearing support at the recent EICMA show, held in Italy, where he made a guest appearance, De Puniet further revealed, ‘I need to wear it for two more weeks and then it should be OK. At the moment I am only running and riding, but when I get better I will go back to my usual training like riding motocross and playing squash.’
Hoping for big things the coming season, De Puniet has ample time to plan his 2009 campaigns and had set similar goals as those set for him by LCR Honda boss Lucio Cecchinello. Talking about his strategy, De Puniet revealed, ‘My target is to improve consistency in race results. On and off the bike I will work differently to last year; I have the speed, a good team and good tyres as well, and I’m confident of having my best year in MotoGP. That’s my target.’