MotoGP » de Puniet to concentrate on Suzuki MotoGP tests


"I won't be riding in GP in 2014. I decided to concentrate on developing the Suzuki MotoGP bike instead" - Randy de Puniet.

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Bandini

November 15, 2013 10:05 AM

That sounds ominous Aprillia and PBM pulling out of Motogp?
RDP obviously wants this Suzuki ride but I think he may find himself out in the cold in 2015. The first seat will go to the rider who can provide the best profile for sponsors, NH? then possibly a young gun who has completed a rookie year or two.

DM52

November 15, 2013 10:27 AM

I think Pedrosa will be responsible for RdP getting a full time ride in 2015 with Suzuki. Clearly Laverty has a deal with WSB Suzuki to move up next year, should Dani be replaced or leave Repsol Honda he would have to be in the running for the Suzuki ride.

roadburner

November 15, 2013 10:30 AM
Last Edited 310 days ago

I think it's safe to say Suzuki have promised him at least a few wild card rides next year, and very possibly, depending on how he does, a one year contract in 2015 as a reward should he do a good job. They will obviously field a 2 bike team, so he would still be invalvuable in a development role as the second rider.
Personally, I would love to see Bradl chosen as team leader. A combination of experience and youth will be required, and he ticks both boxes. Also, he really has been very impressive of late.

benignlyindifferent

November 15, 2013 10:41 AM

Hey, he will make decent money riding for a factory team with the strong possibility of a return to MotoGP in a year's time. I think I would rather have this option instead of a Ducati ride. Kidding of course, but only a little.
If Randy does a great job he will have a ride. If not, he won't. Probably that simple.

Bandini

November 15, 2013 11:17 AM
Last Edited 310 days ago

Brivio has said on a number of occasions that he wants Suzuki to take part in wild card rides but as yet Suzuki management have made no commitment to do so. If they do I wouldn't expect the bike to break cover till late in the season, maybe a Valencia wild card as a shakedown before the test.
I'm not knocking RDP as a test rider he has pace and also a good deal of experience on different manufactures including Kawasaki, Honda and Ducati but I feel by 2015 Suzuki will be looking elsewhere. Maybe they will throw him a one year contract for continuities sake

shamarone

November 15, 2013 1:53 PM
Last Edited 310 days ago

re: "he would still be invalvuable in a development role as the second rider."

RDP will be 1st seat, norge will be #2. not much point in doing anything else. by definition, all the 1st stringers are on the 1st string kit, so we can throw a blanket over the guys (2nd string) looking to ride this one. throw 'em all in a hat, shake it around, pull a name, and the chance card still reads "50/50" for the lot.

spacelySproc

November 15, 2013 1:59 PM

Pbm I believe will still strike aa deal with Aprilia because it's in the best interest of MotoGp. Maybe MLAV and Shakey Byrne are what they need along with Aprilia support financially and mechanical.

RDP knows something regarding Suzuki2015 return. As some have already mentioned about wild card and one year deals, might have been promised some incentive or the PBM bike doesn't stand one.

Are 3-4 bikes for Suzuki a realistic possibility in 2015? Two factory and the others leased/privateers?

Rider prospects:
Eugene Laverty, John Hopkins, RDP, Japanese rider

TrueFan

November 15, 2013 2:42 PM

I'd like to see RDP on the factory Suzuki in 2015. They need continuity between development and racing. He is still capable of cutting fast laps. He did very well on the LCR Honda, not so much on the Ducatis (hardly robinson crusoe there). Development riders at that level are a luxury, because most just want to race.

If they can do a couple of wild card rides and show promising results, they'll be better placed to get a hot young gun as a rookie rider. If Ducati can't get its problems solved, it would be good to at least have Suzuki back in the mix.

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