MotoGP » Randy de Puniet 'the new Suzuki MotoGP test rider'?


"Jules [Cluzel] was influenced by his manager who just so happens is also the new Suzuki MotoGP test rider Randy de Puniet's manager" – Simon Buckmaster.

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petrolbonce

November 13, 2012 10:39 AM

And how will this pan out in terms of his contract with Aspar? Sounds doubtful to me. And of course the testing constraints of MotoGP will mean that he won't be allowed to ride the Suzuki on any Grand Prix circuits.

ex-loko.tkc.exe - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 12:52 PM

hope so, i remember this practice with Suzuki...
he did very well,

all ok, but only if Dorna respect Suzuki,
and if Suzuki engage Spies, could be awesome...
even more if they engage Bautista...
very good idea if Aspar team with Suzuki come back,
i remember he wanted do a team with Kawasaki before...

Dorna should respect everyone,
no disrespect everyone as they do...

Oli - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 12:56 PM

To clarify, RDP didn't quit LCR, he lost his ride because Checcinhello always struggles for budget and Dorna were prepared to help out financially if they gave the ride to Toni Elias. The reason being that Dorna wanted to the first Moto2 champion to be in MotoGP, which is understandable, even if Elias had a woeful season in 2011.

The testing rules apply to riding current MotoGP bikes only - hence Rossi road a Ducati 1198 to get a feel for Silverstone. So RDP could ride a Suzuki at any circuit he fancied without it breaking the testing ban.

Personally I think it is always worth a rider moving to a factory team. Suzuki had a couple of bad years but they were a multi-title winning outfit and when they come back to MotoGP they will be taking it very very seriously. Their resources will massively out-do anything Aspar can put into bike development, plus Randy will get paid a lot more. Few riders would turn down a factory ride for a CRT, and it's understandable. About time RDP had a factor

Oli - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 12:59 PM

2/2

About time RDP had a factory ride again. I think he and Suzuki would be a good match, but Suzuki need to have a bigger presence than 1 or 2 factory bikes.

Sorry about the double post.

Oli

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