Stepping back from MotoGP racing to testing for Suzuki hasn't been an easy transition for Randy de Puniet.
But, having then missed out on a 2015 Suzuki race seat, the Frenchman will at least get to give the new GSX-RR its MotoGP race debut as a wild-card in this weekend's Valencia season finale.
“I'm very happy to be here, one year without racing is not so easy. We worked a lot during this year and I think it is a nice present from Suzuki,” said de Puniet.
“It's difficult to expect too much because it's the last race of the year and my first. Anyway I'm happy to be here and it could also be my last race in MotoGP. I just want to enjoy it. give my best and see what happens.”
The Suzuki has set modest lap times relative to the MotoGP leaders in official testing and de Puniet, who has finished on the MotoGP podium for Kawasaki and LCR Honda, stated:
“The level in MotoGP is very high. I watched all the races on TV this year and this guy [Marquez] was incredible, the show was fantastic and I was a little bit pissed off to be watching it on TV!
“I will try to improve this weekend, the new riders will get the bike on Monday and we will see what they can do. I think we did a good job. It was not so easy but I think this bike can improve a lot.”
Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales will race for Suzuki in MotoGP next year, when de Puniet will make his debut in the World Superbike championship, riding for Crescent Suzuki.
“I wanted to stay with Suzuki. The plan was MotoGP, but they decided to take two new riders. I respect this choice, spoke with Suzuki and WSBK was an option. I will also continue to develop the MotoGP bike next year for the Michelin tyres,” de Puniet confirmed.
“It is good to keep one foot here and also do the Superbike season, where I think I can be competitive.”