Jul 23

De Puniet On Suzuki’s MotoGP Progress And The Challenge Of Suzuka

Randy de Puniet has yet to reveal his plans for the 2015 season. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

has yet to reveal his plans for the 2015 season. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Ahead of his Suzuka 8 Hours participation and following several months of important tests with , caught up with Frenchman Randy de Puniet.

Suzuki has tested this year at several Grand Prix venues. What is next in terms of the testing schedule?

“We took part in winter tests in Sepang. In Austin and Argentina, unfortunately I couldn’t ride, but I did in Philip Island and also in Barcelona. The schedule is different in July, I am preparing for the Suzuka 8 Hours at the end of the month. My MotoGP program will start again in September, which leaves an important break.

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Jul 10

MotoGP silly season: Where the riders stand as contract talks heat up

The MotoGP riders start from the grid during the Moto GP race during the MotoGp of Catalunya - Race at Circuit de Catalunya on June 15, 2014 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

The riders ride into Turn 1 during the race of Catalunya on June 15, 2014. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Wednesday’s announcement of Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa to continue with the team alongside Marc Marquez, along with last week’s news of Valentino Rossi extending his contract with Yamaha, has hurt ’s bargaining power when it comes to negotiating terms with Yamaha for an extended contract.

Though it would come as no surprise to see Lorenzo to continue with the Factory Yamaha team, most everything else regarding this winter’s MotoGP silly season is still up in the air.

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Jun 21

MotoGP: De Puniet Keen To Improve Electronics On Suzuki Bike

Randy de Puniet and Takuya Tsuda test the new Suzuki MotoGP racer in Barcelona. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

and test the new racer in Barcelona. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Following the latest testing for the Suzuki MotoGP team in Barcelona, Randy de Puniet has pinpointed electronics as the area in which most improvements are still required.

Having first returned to MotoGP testing with a Mitsubishi electronics system, at Sepang earlier this year Suzuki used a Magneti Marelli ECU for the first time. This week, the company – with both de Puniet and Takuya Tsuda at the helm – concentrated on a new specification engine and chassis revisions, as well as their latest work on the electronics side of things.

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Jun 11

MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro Eyes Factory Ride For 2015 Season

Aleix Espargaro currently sits seventh in the championship standings. (Photo: Getty Images)

currently sits seventh in the championship standings. (Photo: Getty Images)

Aleix Espargaro is aiming for a top six championship position in 2014, fully aware of the fact that there will be more full Factory rides available next year.

A third of the way through the current campaign, the NGM Forward Racing rider sits seventh in the Riders’ Championship and just five points off his desired position of sixth, which is ironically held by brother Pol (Monster Yamaha Tech 3). Since moving from the Aspar team at the end of 2013, the elder of the two Espargaro siblings is confident that his decision to switch to Forward had paid off.

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Jun 7

MotoGP: Suzuki Concludes Phillip Island Test

Randy de Puniet tests at Phillip Island. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

tests at Phillip Island. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

The team concluded its three-day test at Phillip Island in Australia on Thursday after rain and less-than-perfect track conditions hampered much of the progress the riders and technicians hoped to make.

Test rider Randy de Puniet was joined by Voltcom Crescent Suzuki World Superbike rider for the first two days, with the latter unfortunately suffering a crash early on the first day due to the slippery and damp conditions. However the Irishman was able to complete 37 laps on Wednesday despite inclement weather that halted much of the testing on every day; and which included a large amount of geese on the circuit obstructing every session.

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