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de Puniet to be Suzuki 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.
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..."

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.

Tagged as: Suzuki , Randy de Puniet , Aspar

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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

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