MotoGP: Suzuki Will Race at Valencia 2014

This weekend at Valencia, Randy de Puniet will return to MotoGP racing as a wild card entry on the new Suzuki.

Having worked with Suzuki over the last two years on the development of the prototype GSX-RR with which the Japanese manufacturer will return to Grand Prix racing next season, De Puniet is excited about getting a chance to race with the machine.

Last year he combined the Suzuki testing role with his MotoGP ride for the Power Electronics Aspar team, but this year he has focused solely on a development role and is therefore keen to return to competition.

In 2015 he will continue to test the Suzuki MotoGP prototype and will also ride with the Crescent Suzuki team in the eni FIM Superbike World Championship.

“I’m ready for it, because I miss racing,” De Puniet states. “I am excited about the idea, keen to get going, but we are not setting any targets in terms of results. I know it’s hard to pick up the pace at the end of a season. I’m not under pressure. Whatever happens, it won’t change my future. For me this race is a reward.”

Will it be a good track for him and for the GSX-RR? He replies, “I like the circuit, it’s a very technical track, not very big. I usually like faster circuits, but I feel pretty comfortable there. It has also been resurfaced, so it is in better condition than before. We don’t know if it will be a good track for Suzuki, but in any case it’s a circuit that I like and that’s a positive.”