Suzuki MotoGP CoTA Test in Photos 2014

April 17, 2014
Adam Waheed
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Earlier this week Suzuki rented Austin, Texas’ Circuit of the Americas road course for a combined two-day test with its newly formed and full factory MotoGP team along with the Yoshimura American Superbike squad. Take a peek at photos of Suzuki’s yet-to-be named prototype as it prepares to return to competition for the 2015 season.

Suzuki Japan brought two chassis for Randy de Puniet to test in Austin  Texas.
Suzuki Japan brought two chassis’ for Randy de Puniet to test in Austin, Texas.
Engineers spent considerable time tweaking the transmission for the high-speed demands of the 3.427-mile Texas road course.
Engineers spent considerable time tweaking the transmission for the high-speed demands of the 3.427-mile Texas road course.
The temperature of the pavement on Tuesday was significantly cooler than the weekend and de Puniet had to run a softer Bridgestone tire in the morning.
The temperature of the pavement on Tuesday was significantly cooler than the weekend and de Puniet had to run a softer Bridgestone tire in the morning.
Suzukis MotoGP prototype now features a more traditional Inline Four engine  like its GSX-R sportbikes  as opposed to a V-Four layout.
Suzuki’s MotoGP prototype now features a more traditional Inline Four engine (like its GSX-R sportbikes) as opposed to a V-Four layout.
Suzuki rented CoTA on Tuesday and Wednesday this week in order to obtain data in preparation for its return to MotoGP competition in 2015.
Suzuki rented CoTA on Tuesday and Wednesday this week in order to obtain data in preparation for its return to MotoGP competition in 2015.
Its obvious by the level of professionalism and crates of brand new equipment that its serious about getting competitive next season.
It’s obvious by the level of professionalism and crates of brand new equipment that Suzuki is serious about being competitive in MotoGP next season.
Japanese rider Nobuatsu Aoki is the secondary test rider verifies de Puniets work at the end of each day of testing. Interestingly enough both riders have substantially different body sizes.
Japanese rider Nobuatsu Aoki is the secondary test rider verifies de Puniet’s work at the end of each day of testing. Interestingly enough both riders have substantially different body sizes.
Kevin Schwantz spun 11 laps on the 15 Suzuki MotoGP prototype. It is the first time he has ridden a Suzuki GP bike since 06  990cc .
Kevin Schwantz spun 11 laps on the 2015 Suzuki MotoGP prototype. It is the first time he has ridden a Suzuki GP bike since ’06 when they were limited to 990cc.
We hand timed de Puniet in the 207-second range which was a few seconds of the pace of the MotoGP front runners.
We hand timed de Puniet in the 2’07-second range which was a few seconds of the pace of the MotoGP front runners.
Randy de Puniet has been hired as Suzukis primary test rider but says he plans on racing in MotoGP next season.
Randy de Puniet has been hired as Suzuki’s primary test rider but says he plans on racing in MotoGP next season.
De Puniet says that dialing in the electronics will be the biggest challenge to get Suzukis GP competitive with the front-runners.
De Puniet says that dialing in the electronics will be the biggest challenge to get Suzuki’s GP competitive with the front-runners.
93 500cc GP Champ Kevin Schwantz prepares to ride the 2015 Suzuki MotoGP prototype. Seated next to him is Suzuki test rider Nobuatsu Aoki.
’93 500cc GP Champ Kevin Schwantz prepares to ride the 2015 Suzuki MotoGP prototype. Seated next to him is Suzuki test rider Nobuatsu Aoki.

 

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