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November 13, 2012 3:19 PM
Last Edited 1022 days ago

MotoGP » Randy de Puniet 'the new Suzuki MotoGP test rider'?

@Oli if you take a look back through comments on the Crash forums over the last few months you will see that several people are making exactly that assumption. Or maybe the same person under a number of different names. Some are Suzuki fans who assume that Suzuki can return to the glory days from day 1. Some seem to be Spies fans clutching at straws. However none of them are realists. If Suzuki do come back as a fully fledged manufacturer (rather than engines only as some are suggesting) then I suspect they will be doing so as a fairly low key affair. They'll probably be looking at a good known development rider on one seat and maybe a young gun to try to grab a few headlines on the other. I can't see them going for the full four bikes in year 1. They left supposedly due to the cost of the class. As such I can't see them offering anybody millions. So expect somebody who does well in Moto2 next year and one of the old guard.


November 13, 2012 2:12 PM

MotoGP » Randy de Puniet 'the new Suzuki MotoGP test rider'?

Why are so many people making the assumption that when (if) Suzuki return in 2014 they will immediately be a major force in MotoGP? In ten years of competition in the MotoGP era they have managed the following best championship positions 9th, 17th, 16th, 13th, 10th, 4th, 8th, 9th, 13th and 13th. A single 4th place? Woo! Take into account also the fact that everybody else will have two years of race development ahead of them in the class and I can see no evidence that they are going to be in with any chance of regular podiums in 2014. As such I would say it is extremely unlikely that they will be able to attract any of the top names for 2014. Not forgetting of course that the known "aliens" are all signed for the 2014 season anyway.


November 13, 2012 10:36 AM
Last Edited 1023 days ago

MotoGP » Rain torment at start of Valencia MotoGP test

@excuses ever noticed the way that Sheene is considered one of the legends of the sport when he arguably was not one of the greatest riders? The reason being that Sheene's personality (like him or loathe him) attracted a whole lot of attention to the sport. There is little doubt that grand prix racing and motorcycle sport in general gained many fans purely as a result of Sheene's cult of personality. The same is true of Rossi. You could argue that Stoner is to Rossi what Roberts was to Sheene, but the fact is that while Roberts may have been more successful than Sheene he did less for the sport than Sheene did. Again the same is true of Stoner and Rossi.

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