The MotoGP paddock is looking forward to the umbrella girls who will be attending to LCR Honda rider Randy de Puniet during the first three races, after the team secured sponsorship from Playboy for the early part of the season.A photo-shoot with a pouting beauty and a stern-looking de Puniet announced the new deal, with team chief Lucio Cecchinello saying: "We have been in touch with Playboy U.S. for a long time," and recent meetings had led to opening negotiations with "some of this evergreen brand's global licensees."Cecchinello was a pioneer of one-event title sponsorship, and in this case Playboy Italy for the Jerez tests and the second and third rounds - in Japan and Jerez. Since umbrella girls are frowned on in Qatar, that race will be left out of the sponsorship package.

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