MotoGP: Randy de Puniet to Suzuki for 2014?

11/18/2012 @ 9:32 am, by Jensen Beeler6 COMMENTS

According to multiple reports, MotoGP’s resident Frenchman has been linked to Suzuki GP effort, which is expected to field a two-rider team in the premier class for 2014 season. Confirming with MCN that talks have been underway regarding Suzuki and the 2014 revival, De Puniet cautioned that nothing has been confirmed or signed just yet.

Missing out on the top CRT title this last season, De Puniet is contracted for another year with the Team Aspar effort in MotoGP, which will again use the Aprilia ART platform. Team Aspar has been the spearhead for Aprilia’s CRT package, which continues to show strong promise, and even challenged the full-prototype machines at a number of the less horsepower intense tracks, like Phillip Island.

Aspar Team Principal Jorge Martinez has reported given De Puniet his blessing to do double-duties with Suzuki.

There are still a number of question marks regarding Suzuki’s 2014 return, with reports ranging in a debate about whether the team will use an inline-four machine, similar to the Suzuki GSX-R1000, or a V4 machine like the previous GSV-R GP race bikes. Other reports range from whether Suzuki will return at all to GP racing, or if the Japanese manufacturer will field some wild card rides in 2013, in order to benchmark the team’s progress for its return in 2014 (Ben Spies was linked to such a ride).

Dorna has told the Japanese company that if it does return to MotoGP racing, it will have to commit to racing in the series through the 2016 season, putting Suzuki’s contract with Dorna in line with the contracts signed with the other manufacturers. With American Suzuki filing bankruptcy, and with Suzuki in Japan embroiled in buying its stock back from Volkswagen, it would seem any of the possibilities are exactly that: possible. Stay tuned.

Source: MCN; Photo: © 2012 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

  • Cpt.Slow

    Do it Suzu!

  • Westward

    I’m thinking the ART will be faster…

  • Mr.Truth

    I think APRILIA should stop piss-farting around and jump in with a 100% full factory effort

    And just like Max [Roman Emperor] Valentino can finish his career with them in 2020?

  • MikeD

    Aprilia is nothing but mentally mastur#@%& itself if they think they’ll go anywhere racing a Mule in a field full of PureBlood Thoroughbreds (xcept the other blind mules (CRTs)).

    Distill, Refine & Bring back the TRIPLE CUBE…screw these SuperBikes on Crack…dogs should race dogs…not horses.

    Suzuki should stick to what they know best. The almighty High HP balls-busting I-4. Their V-4 got them nowhere…leave it to Honda.

    If the pics of their prototype bike is anything to go by they are planning on pulling a “CrossPlane” too.
    Judging by the Headers Configuration and Sound…very similar to the M1…that’s what the “xperts” and the photo shooter said (he heard the thing running).
    Is the Temperamental Ill Mannered Flat Crank Screamer dead and buried in MotoGP Land ?

    Come back Suzuki, we miss you !

  • Mike Lewis

    This is the opportunity RDP has been waiting for. He’s managed to frequently crash nearly every brand in his storied career but Yamaha and Suzuki. It will be a magical moment when he puts his first Suzuki into the airfence. Make ma mere proud Randy! (Somewhere an M1 idles nervously.)

  • Gutterslob

    A lot can happen between now and 2014. No guarantee that Suzuki will even come back.