The Suzuki MotoGP Test Team assessed two chassis configurations at Motegi, choosing one for further development during the next test at Misano in September.
In addition to Casey Stoner and Honda Racing, the Suzuki MotoGP Test Team were also present at Twin Ring Motegi, conducting a two-day test as it continues development of the GP machine slated to join the premier-class grid in 2015. Rains on the first day halted testing early in the morning, but conditions improved the second day allowing Suzuki MotoGP Test Team rider Randy de Puniet to finally take to the track.
Day 2 started rough for De Puniet as he suffered two crashes in the morning, though luckily he was unharmed and the machine only slightly damaged. He was back at it in the afternoon assessing two chassis configurations, one of which was chosen for further development during the next test at Misano in September. The French rider’s best lap clocked in at 1’48.60, almost four seconds slower than the pole lap set by Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo at the circuit in 2012. Suzuki PR cites high temperatures and low grip as contributing to the slowed pace. De Puniet did the bulk of the day’s work but wasn’t the sole Suzuki pilot on hand; he was joined by Suzuki MotoGP Test rider Nobuatsu Aoki, who did five evaluation laps during the final stages of the day.
“In this test we were not so lucky with the weather, as yesterday we stayed in the pit all day,” said De Puniet. “Also, the track was slippery and very hot today, so the grip wasn’t very good, but we found a good direction with one of the chassis configurations we had available. I found one with better tire contact feeling and better for corner-entry, so we will continue with this in Misano next month. The rain came before the end of the test and I couldn’t try to improve my lap time, but overall we are very satisfied.”
“Today was another good day in our development program,” said Suzuki MotoGP Test Team Manager Davide Brivio. “We had a chance to try different tests with various settings and we tried to better-understand the bike’s behavior in different conditions. Despite difficult weather conditions, we had a chance to choose one of the two frames available, which we will carry on to develop further in future tests. In the meantime, our engineers have taken some good information away with them for the next stage of development.”