MotoGP » De Puniet makes his mark on Aprilia

French ace tops times on day two of Jerez test

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kirk66 - Unregistered

November 25, 2011 2:51 PM

RDP needs this seat. It will turn out to be a much better idea than anything else available. Between him and CEII the CRT bikes will be within a half a second of the Factory prototypes by the end of season.

Gobsmacked - Unregistered

November 25, 2011 4:05 PM

Very good news for Randy, for CRT and for MotoGP in general! RdP might just be the cat amongst the CRT pidgeons. He was always fast, but he's probably improved a lot (as Stoner did) by being King Crash on the unrideable Duc for a year. An Aprilia based CRT bike is unlikely to be any worse! Towards the end of this last season, his times were pretty near the front group even though he rarely managed to finish a race. Here's to one who could really liven up the grid next year! Allez Randy! (...& try not to crash!)

tomcol - Unregistered

November 25, 2011 4:08 PM

Cant see the prototypes standing still and think they will pull well clear by the time the season starts. What a waste of a top notch rider in DePuniet. He should either be on a works prototype or a Tech3 or at least a very competitive machine in WSBK. What does the guy have to do?

Mazzzz........ - Unregistered

November 25, 2011 4:17 PM

Huge, Huge, Huge talent RDP ! and love to watch him race, he belongs at the top in Motogp, unfortunately if he doesnt have a decent ride i'd rather see him in WSBK.
Possibly one of the most entertaining racers out there who always gives 120%.... and then some.

Reality - Unregistered

November 25, 2011 4:25 PM

Agree with most comments. He is a great rider and you could say he deserves better. BUT, I think (imho) he is in a good place. He is still in the top tier(motogp) and along with Edwards will show the CRT potential we know where they usually are in motogp field), help develop it, as well as give an idea of where all the new riders are at. These new entries will come up with some innovations to get themselves closer to the front in the future as their is a lot of experience behind some of them.


November 25, 2011 5:10 PM

Before you slate the Aprilia CRT bike as being destined for tailgunner positions on the grid consider this.

The Aprilia RSV4 started life as a full prototype MotoGP bike and spent most of its existance that way.

It only changed to become a road bike when MotoGP switched to 800s and Aprilia changed it to a road going production bike to recoup the expense of its development.

In other words the Aprilia is a full on "prototype" factory MotoGP bike its just taken a roundabout way to get there. When fully race ready I would bet this bike will surprise many and soon be towards the sharp end of the grid.

Hemmy - Unregistered

November 25, 2011 5:26 PM

tomcol, i think ive actually quoted you before in the Bradl topic, but you didnt respond. You say you think RdP should have a works prototype ride or a tech 3 ride? Can you explain why you think this, and what you think he's done to warrent it? With all due respect, have you been watching the same RdP as me? I just find it mind boggling that you think he should have a factory ride or even a tech 3 ride. Yes i like Randy, and think he's a fast rider every now and then, but here are his stats from his 6 season in moto gp, maybe then you may realise why he hasnt landed himself a top ride yet......

.....In 6 full seasons in moto gp he's only had 1 podium at a wet silverstone. In his best season he finished 9th overall. The others he finished 16th, 11th, 15th, 11th, and 16th. In his 103 races, he's had 29 DNF's! 29! He DNF'd once in every 3 races.

You say, 'what does he have to do'? Well, he certainly has to do better than that to warrant a top ride! Dont you think?

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