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RDP Confirmed As Suzuki Test Rider; Aspar Links Grow
by staff
Monday, February 04, 2013

Team Aspar manager Gino Borsoi has confirmed that one of his CRT riders, Randy De Puniet, also will test for Suzuki in 2013 as the Japanese manufacturer prepares for a MotoGP return in 2014.

Borsoi's confirmation to English media also leads to increasing speculation that Suzuki may choose Aspar as its partner team for its premier-class resurrection next season.

Suzuki withdrew its one factory bike from MotoGP after the 2011 season, claiming the global economic meltdown. The company indicated last year that it wanted to return to MotoGP as a works team in 2014.

But Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta said no entry slot would be created for Suzuki, forcing the manufacturer to align with an existing team. Ezpeleta apparently still stings from Suzuki's withdrawal in 2011 despite Dorna relaxing the "rookie rule" in 2010 so Suzuki could bring rookie Alvaro Bautista straight to its factory team.

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