MotoGP » POLL: Who should be Suzuki’s number one target for MotoGP?


Which rider should Suzuki target to lead it's proposed MotoGP return in 2014?

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nealio

May 23, 2013 2:32 PM

The poll shows Cal as the big favorite but I would imagine him setting his sights higher than developing a new bike for Suzuki, who in recent history has had a weak commitment to MotoGP. Suzuki needs a motivated up-and-comer and that would be Aleix Espargaro, who is leading the way in the CRT series.

Codger

May 23, 2013 2:50 PM
Last Edited 583 days ago

This is good. Stoner, Read, Surtees have been nominated to bring out of retirement. Jeremy Macwilliams is another one to add.
My first choice would be Baylis but he would probably win on it, which wouldn't help development.

Out of riders currently riding Aleix would be a good choice.

neilf - Unregistered

May 23, 2013 2:52 PM

It's not a case of can Cal develop a bike, it's a case of can he give clear and concise feedback? It's the job of the chief engineer to translate the rider's feelings into technical information then pass it onto the factory.

I'm sure that Cal will be keeping a close eye on RdPs progress during the post-Catalan GP test. What he wants, more than anything, is a factory ride. If he wanted a competitive ride, he wouldn't have chased Ducati last season for a seat. Aleix Espargaro would make a good team mate IMO.

need4speed - Unregistered

May 23, 2013 3:05 PM

John "Hopper" Hopkins was about at the latest French MotoGP at LeMans. He is not forgetting his past ties with Suzuki so he should at the least have some involvement, whatever about No1

another_round - Unregistered

May 23, 2013 3:24 PM

I hope that Hopkins is affiliated with this effort, if not a full-time rider than perhaps a test rider at the very least. I think he still belongs in the GP world in some capacity. Hopefully a year off has been a smart move and is aligned with the re-entry of the Suzuki Moto-GP team. As for Cal I think he would have to def be int he mix here... he has the fire to succeed and this is the only real option for a factory seat. Oh sure there is Ducati, but I will bet the ranch that Suzuki comes straight out with something that is just as good or probably even better right off the bat.

coffee - Unregistered

May 23, 2013 3:30 PM

for development purposes the best choice is Colin Edwards. or Nicky Hayden, either one, for riding a well developed bike you need a experienced pilot, Ben spies
Cal, or Jorge would even be better.

but really I would like to see Scott Redding get it, if he is to move up b/c I would hate to see him get placed in a CTT team, as nobody had yet to move up from crt to prototype, it would not be right he's better then that!

teambean - Unregistered

May 23, 2013 3:38 PM

Don't think it will go to readding as his marc vds team is looking at moto gp next year so be better for him as a rider to stay with the same team. Needs to b someone with good experience of a moto gp machine. Ie not readding or espargaro. Think cal would b better staying where he is as the yam is probably going to b a better bike. Think hardon is the man 4 the job.

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