Randy De Puniet says Suzuki is beginning to make good headway with the development of its new MotoGP machine, which will spearhead its much anticipatd return to the top flight of motorcycle racing in 2015.
The Frenchman was present for the post-Catalunya Grand Prix test on the Monday, before getting a further two days around the Spanish venue during a private outing.
Focusing on electronics and engine specifications, De Puniet was satisfied with the progress made on the machine and is happy to see it is developing well against its MotoGP rivals.
“It was not such an easy period as we had a lot of bad luck after Sepang with many rainy days at other tests,” he said. “But it was important to be here with all the other MotoGP riders to see our potential; we still have to continue to work on the electronics-side to improve our performances.
“We tested many different things with electronic-maps, on engine-specifications and with the chassis also. I had a better feeling with some of the solutions and we found some good direction here. We still have many days of testing remaining this year and we have time to make further developments.”
Team manager Davide Brivio echoed De Puniet's words, indicating that the team made the most of the three days available to complete its programme.
“In three days of testing you expect to do a lot, but at the end it is never enough, especially for us, who are at a development stage.
“Randy wanted to try everything together and see the real performance but we had no chance, although we went through many different things, finding very good information for our next steps forward. We also asked the additional support of Takuya Tsuda this time to run more testing on electronics-side.
“Overall, our engineers were happy with the information we gathered, which indicates a good direction for our next electronics, chassis and engine developments. It was important to get this information now, as we now have time to work on it in time for the next tests. So we are looking forward to continuing our job."