Upon commenting on why Jules Cluzel is switching to Crescent Suzuki and World Superbike for 2013, PTR World Supersport team manager Simon Buckmaster claimed that Randy de Puniet has been signed up as Suzuki's MotoGP test rider.

Buckmaster wrote on the PTR website: "Jules was influenced by his manager who just so happens is also the new Suzuki MotoGP test rider Randy de Puniet's manager.

"He thought Suzuki was a better opportunity than winning the WSS title with us - a task he would at worst have started the year as equal favourite with Kenan Sofuoglu to do..."

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Suzuki, which quit MotoGP due to the financial crisis at the end of 2011, intends to return to the premier-class by 2014.

Frenchman de Puniet, who has re-signed with the Aspar CRT squad for next year, never raced for Suzuki in MotoGP, but did complete a promising test for the team shortly after the 2011 season.