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Suzuki concludes 2013 European MotoGP test programme

"I'm a little sad that this was the last test for this season, as I've enjoyed riding this bike and working with the Suzuki Factory Team" - Randy de Puniet.
Suzuki concluded its 2013 European test programme with a two-day test session at Mugello this week.

The Japanese factory, which has postponed its MotoGP return until 2015, again fielded factory test rider Nobuatsu Aoki and Aspar racer Randy de Puniet.

The pair used track time at the Italian MotoGP venue to work on a revised engine and redesigned cowling - to increase top-speed - along with the team's newly-elected chassis design and electronics, that offer better traction control and engine braking.

Following on from three days at Misano, Mugello provided more positive data regarding braking and corner-entry characteristics, plus a new direction in terms of rear-grip; an area Suzuki will look at further-developing during the next few months - and into 2014.

de Puniet's best lap time was a 1m 49.260s, which would have been the eighth fastest lap during June's Italian MotoGP, when Honda's Marc Marquez set a new lap record of 1m 47.639s. de Puniet recorded a 1m 49.910s on his way to eleventh place with the CRT-specification Aspar Aprilia in the race.

“In these two long days we've worked a lot on the electronic-mapping in different situations,” said de Puniet. “We also understand that we need to work more on rear grip. We expected Mugello being a difficult track and from this test we gave a lot of information to the engineers, which they can now work on.

"I'm a little sad that this was the last test for this season, as I've enjoyed riding this bike and working with the Suzuki Factory Team. I hope I will have more opportunities to ride again in the future and to continue improving this bike."

de Puniet's 2014 plans are yet to be announced, with speculation that he could leave the Aspar team to concentrate on Suzuki test duties next year. Test team manager Davide Brivio gave no indication of whether the relationship with de Puniet - a podium finisher for Kawasaki and Honda LCR - will be extended, but praised his efforts.

"Randy has helped us a lot, even if at some times we've had to ask him for such a big effort between his regular MotoGP races," said the Italian, a multi title-winning team manager for Yamaha. "I would like to thank Randy very much for his contribution in finding strong and weak points of our project.

"His comments were - and will be - important for the development work we have ahead of us in the coming months. I would also like to thank the Aspar Team that allowed Randy to be available for this testing activity.



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shuggiemac

September 26, 2013 1:25 PM

@Desh - well lets see - Randy is still in MotoGP and lands the test gig with a major manufacturer. Hopper, of whom I am a huge fan has managed neither. Take from that what you will. Yet again though why don't the factories ask all people here who to hire as they obviously know nothing and all the experts are saddoes on the internet leaving comments in places like this. Yes me included.

shamarone

September 26, 2013 1:44 PM

re: "i dont remember other rider with the same level of experience that Randy have that was available and that could be a better test rider for Motogp bikes" see entry for casey stoner. honda aren't the ones who need help.



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