MotoGP » Suzuki 'making good progress' says de Puniet

'Everything is going well and it is step-by-step. We have time, but the days here will be important' - Randy de Puniet

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September 18, 2013 1:13 PM

I sincerely hope that Suzuki brings out a very competitive machine in order to decrease Honda and Yamaha's monopoly. I'm so sick and tired of hearing all about Honda and Yamaha since Ducati can't get their act together. Still hoping for full factory effort from Aprilia, Kawasaki, and BMW.


September 18, 2013 3:37 PM

@ ducati1098

Don't hold your breath. Until Carmelo stops taking it from behind from HRC and gets a grip on the rules instead, then all the other potential factory entrants KNOW they are on a hiding to nothing by entering head-to-head with a full factory effort (i.e. their own software, 5 motors and 20L). You need VAST resources and a VAST archive of settings and solutions to know what works and what doesn't at this level.

Ducati are finding out you can't catch up once you are behind, and Yamaha are struggling like hell to keep up. If they lose their grip, it'll be a Honda-fest from here on in (if it isn't already - I think it is and by Valencia it'll be proved conclusively).

Suzuki could still pull the plug if they cant get there, Ducati could cry 'enough' and bail, and Yamaha could find it a very costly struggle to trail 2nd and start to wonder if its worth it. It could happen the way things are.


September 18, 2013 4:33 PM

I for one think MotoGP raised the level of competition this year compared with the last couple of years. And also made a big step for 2014 by making all manufacturers use the same ECU hardware. That is one variable that has been removed from the equation and make it a bit easier for new entrants.

One step forward and 2 steps backwards by putting an engine and fuel limit!

Maybe when all bikes are on the same ECU software then will most of the bikes be much closer.


September 18, 2013 4:40 PM

If anyone is thinking I'm just a 'doom & gloom' merchant... well I'm not. I'm just trying to look at the bigger picture.

Look at Yamaha's new bike ranges. They ain't sportsbikes, they are 'lifestyle' type bikes with real-world performance. The markets are changing, which has to mean that Racing might not be as important a marketing tool as having some cutie riding an MT-09 to a bar in an advert.

So... Dorna are being short-sighted in letting MotoGP be prostituted to the factory's to sell bikes. Dorna needs to sell MotoGP's product, NOT a Mfr's product.

MotoGP's product is top-class racing with top-class riders to provide that. The bikes are just the tools they use. MotoGP needs to be all about RACING, and get back to that, cos the Mfr's interest in MGP might just be waning anyhow, so they'll need a new business model maybe.


September 18, 2013 4:50 PM

Take it a stage further.... and maybe (maybe) Carmelo's desire to keep feathering his own nest might just be making him even more devious. Such as...

Dumb down WSBK in a big way - sacrifice what is a very sick animal anyway (financially and in terms of participation) if he has to for the bigger picture. Which is?....

The ability to slash the tech and go all indie and no factory in MotoGP - a kind of post-factory era, with no pesky fast WSBK's to challenge the 'premier & pinnacle of racing' tag-line.

I'd be happy to see a factory-free MotoGP. The shame would that with better management we could have got back to motorcycling nirvana without screwing it all up first IMO.


September 18, 2013 5:02 PM

I do hope Aprilia don't try to use their own software and keep the 12 engines and 24 litres to challenge Honda and Yamaha next year. It would be fun to see a private team such as Aspar beat them in a race and then give their riders a lift because they ran out of fuel on the cool-off lap.


September 18, 2013 5:15 PM

I know the last Suzuki bike had some serious speed, but I wouldn't be surprised if Suzuki are slower than Ducati in 2015, at least for a little while.

Hopefully Ducati will either have sorted out a new bike by then anyway.


September 18, 2013 5:28 PM

Aim loocking forward to wach Suzuki, i think they will not make the mistakes of the past, Suzuki enter on the 4 stroke with one project that they have to rush in order to be ready for the start of the sesson.. and when they start racing the bike was not properly tuned.. also Suzuki decided to build one v4 and waste there years of experience on inline 4 engines.. With all this problems related to the 4 stroke Motogp project there was only one year that we can say Suzuki was competitive and that year was 2007 why? because like Ducati they where using bridgstone tyres and since Honda and yamaha where not that competitive because of michelin tyres and also because there first 800cc engines from japonese manufacters where all very underpower and close.. thats why they could put Hopkins in 4 place and Chris VERMEULEN in 6 place but was only this year 2007.. since 2002 until 2011 Suzuki has been mostly bad battling to have one rider inside the Top10!! If they whant to enter again is because

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