Randy de Puniet - 2006 Rider Profile
2006 Rider Profiles
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
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
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
Marital Status: Single
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)
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
1997: 1st, French National 125cc Championship