Suzuki yet to start rider talks for 2015
24 April 2014 – Suzuki does not yet have agreements in place with any rider for its MotoGP comeback next season.
The Japanese manufacturer will return to motorcycle racing's top echelon after a three-year hiatus in 2015, but Test Team manager Davide Brivio has made clear that nothing has been confirmed regarding its line-up.
"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," Brivio told the official MotoGP website. "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."
Dani Pedrosa, whose Repsol Honda contract is set to expire at the end of the 2014 campaign, has been linked to a ride with Suzuki in recent weeks, but Brivio insists that the Spaniard has not yet been sounded out.
"We would have to find out if he is interested," he explained. "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."
Brivio added that test rider Randy de Puniet, who raced in MotoGP from 2006-2013, is being considered.