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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.

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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

Source: Kawasaki Racing Team
 
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