Randy De Puniet has been added to Suzuki's star-studded line-up for the 2014 Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race in Japan next month.

The Frenchman, who has been spearheading the development of Suzuki's MotoGP machine ahead of its planned return to the series in 2015, will ride the Yoshimura Suzuki Shell ADVANCE GSX-R1000 alongside fellow development rider Takuya Tsuda and British Superbike rider Josh Waters.

As part of Yoshimura's 60th anniversary, the outfit will also enter a 'Legend Team' comprising 1993 World 500cc Champion Kevin Schwantz, former All Japan Superbike Champion Satoshi Tsujimoto and De Puniet's regular MotoGP testing partner Nobuatsu Aoki.

"I'm really excited to race at the Suzuka 8-Hour in July with Team Yoshimura Suzuki. I have always been interested in racing here because it's an iconic race and it's also one of my favourite tracks. I have good memories of racing Suzuka with my first GP podium in 2002 in the 250cc class.

"For me, it will be a new experience to do an endurance race, to share a bike, and also to ride this Superbike machinery. It will be a special event because it's the 60th Anniversary of the Yoshimura Team and I'm really happy to be there for it. I will do my very best to win this race for Suzuki and Yoshimura."

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