MotoGP » Le Mans: de Puniet heads for Suzuki MotoGP test

“We leave tomorrow to Japan to test with Suzuki at Motegi” - Randy de Puniet.

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May 20, 2013 12:22 PM

It was only a few years ago everyone was crying out for Randy to be given a factory Honda after his performances on the LCR. Then they made the *****ic decision to ditch him and get Elias in instead and we all remember how well that went. Suzuki wont get a top rider to test as the very best riders are obviously all under contract anyway. Would love to see Hooper back, if only he hadn't taken that green seat and had the nightmare that followed him around after for the next 3 years.

stiltskin - Unregistered

May 20, 2013 12:56 PM

There are multi billionaires out there right now that could build a slew of competitive bikes for Motogp.

Instead they connive to get more, and hoard it, and offer us, the riff raff, austerity.

I appreciate Suzuki's efforts to enter the fray.


May 20, 2013 12:56 PM

I think some people live in a dream world. They are testing RdP because he can provide comparisons to the CRT bike. No details of bike, engine, or riders have been released, but the management looks sound. Lorenzo as rider? Seriously? Why not Marquez or Dani while you are dreaming. No, Suzuki will try to retain a couple of big names that have been passed over with something to prove, and who will want a factory ride. RdP, Crutchlow, and Spies make sense at this point.

rider - Unregistered

May 20, 2013 1:23 PM

I honestly do not know the point of hiring RdP as factory rider for 2014 and on. I can see him as a test rider but not a factory rider. If Suzuki wants to compete against Honda and Yamaha, they need to get a more competitive rider who will push the bike to its limit. I agree with others here who mentioned Crutchlow, Spies, and quite possibly even Hayden since he does not have a contract for 2014.

Ron - Unregistered

May 20, 2013 1:23 PM

2007, Hopper's last year with Suzuki (in GP), he came 4th in the rider, there was nothing wrong with the bike (other then needing a few extra HP) when he left


May 20, 2013 1:27 PM
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RdP will be good to test their bike's durability to crashes. Hopefully Cal wont throw his career away. Stoner should be doing this as a part time job.

Great to hear Suzy's gonna be inline, theyve been making fantastic inlines i am baffled through those years that they stuck with the V. Their V production sportbikes (like TL1000) are always disastrous on the tracks.


May 20, 2013 3:59 PM

I feel Honda would gladly extend a little courtesy to a returning, respected brand like Suzuki. I also feel like Honda is very happy currently with regards to riders and machine and they all sleep very well at night. This is actually really great news for the paddock, and hopefully the racing too!

RG500 - Unregistered

May 20, 2013 4:39 PM

Randy was always the top privateer rider before he got shifted to those crap CRT bikes. He deserves the ride. He's also an extremely nice guy. He'll spend half an hour talking with you in the paddock. I think he gets along with a lot of people, which is another good reason to have him on board. I know Stoner had a very high opinion of Randy and felt he deserved a lot more than a CRT ride. He said this on one of his interviews.
Good luck Randy! Hope you get the ride!

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