This year’s Spanish Grand Prix was originally scheduled as round three of the 18-race MotoGP World Championship but the chaos wreaked by Eyjafjallajökull, the Icelandic volcano which shut down much of European airspace last week, forced the cancellation of the second race in Japan, so Jerez has moved up the order to become round two.
The Southern Spain circuit is one of the biggest event of the season thanks to the warmth of the Iberian fans and LCR Honda MotoGP Team rider Randy de Puniet will be looking to go one better than he did at Jerez last year, when he finished just one place off the Moto GP podium. Before getting on the race bike the Frenchman has enjoyed jet ski rides at Puerto Santa Maria with some premier class colleagues such as Kallio, Bautista, Edwards and Melandri.
Randy de Puniet says: "After the postponement of the Motegi GP I have increased my training programme to be at 100 per cent for Jerez race. After the good result we have obtained in Qatar our target remains the same: a top-ten finish. Last year’s Jerez GP was one of the best moments of my season as I finished fourth. I aim to be in the front this year again. The base setup we have developed during winter testing was very helpful in the first round and I think it will be the same in Spain. We will start from the same setup and, session by session, we will adjust the bike."