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Randy de Puniet: Suzuki MotoGP debut ‘a reward’

“Whatever happens, it won't change my future. For me this race is a reward" - Randy de Puniet.
Randy de Puniet may have missed out on a full time Suzuki race seat, but he will have the honour of giving the new GSX-RR its MotoGP debut at Valencia this weekend.

The wild-card appearance is a thank-you to the Frenchman for his efforts as a test rider, as Suzuki geared up for a return to the sport it left due to the financial crisis at the end of 2011.

“I'm ready for it, because I miss racing,” the official MotoGP website quotes de Puniet as saying. “I am excited about the idea, keen to get going, but we are not setting any targets in terms of results. I know it's hard to pick up the pace at the end of a season. I'm not under pressure.

“Whatever happens, it won't change my future. For me this race is a reward.”

Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales will race for Suzuki during its full time return in 2015.

de Puniet, a grand prix racer from 1999-2013, will switch to WSBK for Crescent Suzuki next season, but also continue development work for the grand prix project.

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November 05, 2014 1:20 AM

Hasn't shown any pace in testing...and it won't at Valencia...probably not next year either. Sad but true. I say he will be battling with Parkes and Laverty. Alright maybe that's a bit harsh....but it won't be good.


November 05, 2014 10:50 AM

He'll bin it , either in the first few laps trying to run with the front 5 or 6, or he'll settle then try too hard to pass Espargaros/Smith/Crutchlow/Bradl crowd, but bin it he will. Next year I think they will struggle to get any better than a dry race top eight. DePuniet is right though when he says they should have a satellite team to gather data because of the two riders they have next year, one has never raced a big bike, and the other can hardly be classed as a development rider. put dePuniet and someone else on the "lab bike" a-la pirro, cos that approach, coupled with the Pramac input, is genuinely getting slow, but steady results for ducati. The standard is so high with Honda/Yamaha that you won't just come in and spend a year getting competitive. Good luck to Suzuki as its great to see them back in the championship, but lets hope its not a three year deal that fizzles out to nothing.

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