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De Puniet joins Suzuka 8 Hours line up

Randy de Puniet strengthens his Suzuki ties by being enlisted to ride for the manufacturer in the blue riband Suzuka 8 Hours endurance event.
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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June 23, 2014 2:37 AM

Obviously Suzuki think highly of R de P. Suzuki know how he has been going with the GP bike development and must be impressed. I hope he is a Suzuki factory rider next year, he deserves to be given a contract.


June 22, 2014 3:16 PM
Last Edited 1063 days ago

They really like this guy. Or, maybe, this is just a little something they hook him up with before telling him that he won't be the guy racing the bike in GP next year. Or, then again, maybe he'll get that too. Life ain't too bad for RDP right now though... could be one of these grid-filler guys on an inferior machine. I'd take factory test pilot any day.

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