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de Puniet heads for Suzuki MotoGP test

“We leave tomorrow to Japan to test with Suzuki at Motegi” - Randy de Puniet.
Randy de Puniet will test Suzuki's new MotoGP machine for the first time, at Motegi in Japan this week.

The Frenchman has long been linked as a test rider for the factory's planned 2014 return and, speaking to the official MotoGP website on Sunday at Le Mans, declared:

“We leave tomorrow to Japan to test with Suzuki at Motegi... That will be a good experience and I hope to do a great job.”

It won't be the first time that de Puniet has tested a Suzuki, having ridden the 800cc GSV-R at Valencia in 2011, just before the factory's MotoGP withdraw was confirmed.

Suzuki will take to the track alongside its MotoGP rivals for the first time since 2011 in next month's post-race Barcelona test.

Details of the project are yet to be officially announced, but leaks suggest an Inline rather than V4 engine and that former Yamaha team manager Davide Brivio will run the team. As well as de Puniet, Cal Crutchlow and Ben Spies have been touted as potential 2014 race riders.

By testing at Motegi, Suzuki and de Puniet - who currently races privateer CRT machinery for Aspar - will be able to accurately compare their performance with the 1000cc lap times set during last season's Japanese Grand Prix.

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rab 27 - Unregistered

May 20, 2013 11:25 AM

here we go again,suzuki doing the same old preparing to fail as a long term suzuki fan as well as owner i am sick of suzukis lack of proper effort. sure they are a small factory,but if you are going to do something do it RIGHT. de puniet riding the bike will tell them virtually nothing.there is a certain australian playing about in cars at the moment that would be able to tell them far more than randy after about 5 laps. come on suzuki,do it properly for once !

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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