De Puniet to Ducati Pramac Racing for 2011

Henny Ray Abrams | November 6, 2010

VALENCIA, SPAIN, NOV. 6 – Ducati Pramac Racing made official what everyone’s known for some time, Frenchman Randy de Puniet will join the team of  veterans for 2011.De Puniet was thought for most of the silly season to be staying at LCR Honda, where he’s found a home. But at the Australian Grand Prix the rumors began that he’d be moving to the Pramac team as Loris Capirossi’s teammate. Those rumors gained strength when Toni Elias, the Moto2 World Champion, signed on with the LCR Honda team. The announcement of de Puniet’s signing was just a formality.”I am incredibly excited about this new adventure that will begin next year,” de Puniet said. “I would like to thank the Pramac Racing team principal, Paolo Campinotti, for this great opportunity and the confidence that he has placed in me. I have worked with Italian teams in the past and I’m happy to continue for the next year.”I would like to thank one by one the LCR team and Lucio Cecchinello with whom I shared wonderful years and I believe that they were my family and now I join a new family, thanks to Pramac.”

Henny Ray Abrams | Contributing Editor

Abrams is the longest-serving contributor at Cycle News. Over the course of his 35-some years of writing and shooting photos, he’s covered events from MotoGP to the Motocross World Championship - and everything in between.