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Brivio says Suzuki have not yet started rider negotiations

Brivio says Suzuki have not yet started rider negotiations

Suzuki MotoGP Test Team manager Davide Brivio has given an update on the manufacturer’s ongoing project, stating the factory do not yet have agreements in place with any rider for MotoGP™ next year.

Recent media speculation has linked Dani Pedrosa with a potential 2015 Suzuki ride and although Pedrosa’s HRC contract expires at the end of the season, Brivio would not confirm or deny interest in signing the Spaniard.

Brivio commented, “We still do not have any agreement with any rider and we don’t yet have a clear idea on who our future riders will be. Obviously we are talking, considering our various options, making contact with agents to see what the riders’ contract situations are and weighing up the interest in riding our bike.”

He continued, “Regarding Pedrosa we would have to find out if he is interested. We are currently not negotiating with anyone. Perhaps things will start to get moving in the coming weeks. It will be hard to get a top rider and we want the very strongest possible riders, but we will have to see who is up for the challenge and who wants to ride for us. It’s difficult to state names at this stage.”

The Italian manager went on to add, “Randy de Puniet is one of the candidates. The fact that he will have been working with us for two years could be a plus. We have not guaranteed anything to Randy but he is on our list of candidates.”

The coming months will see Suzuki continue their preparations as they seek to return to full time Grand Prix participation for 2015. Following their recent test at the Circuit of the Americas, Suzuki are also set to test at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo (Argentina), Phillip Island and Barcelona-Catalunya in the coming weeks, with Brivio confirming that they aim to test at Mugello and Aragon later in the year.

Suzuki have not yet officially confirmed whether a potential test with rider Eugene Laverty will happen, though it is possible that with the approval of his Superbike team and at the request of Bridgestone he will ride the Suzuki XRH-1 in Japan and Australia in order to test tyre durability.

MotoGP, 2014

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