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Suzuki to Field Single MotoGP Rider for 2011

Monday, November 8, 2010
Suzuki Motor Corporation wishes to thank all customers and race fans who supported the Suzuki MotoGP Team in 2010. With the experience and knowledge gained in 2010 the Suzuki MotoGP Team will move forward with great passion and effort in search of glory in 2011.
Crew Chief Stuart Shenton
Suzuki Crew Chief, Stuart Shenton (above), will be leaving the squad as it cuts back to a one-rider team for 2011, with Alvaro Bautista (below) heading the team's MotoGP efforts.
Alvaro Baustista joins the Rizla Suzuki team for 2010. The Spainard has raced in the 250cc class for the past 3 years.

The Suzuki MotoGP Team will participate in 2011 with a single rider, Alvaro Bautista. Alvaro joined the team in 2010 and made good progress with GSV-R, the Suzuki Grand Prix machine, improving his results throughout the season. Suzuki will continue to make the best use of the short time to the start of the 2011 MotoGP season to develop the GSV-R machine for this, the pinnacle class of motorcycle racing, and we thank all Suzuki customers and race fans for their continued support.

Suzuki’s longest serving Grand Prix team-member, Crew Chief Stuart Shenton, has left the squad after an amazing 19-year career with the Japanese marque. Shenton and Suzuki parted company following the final race of the season at Valencia, after Suzuki confirmed its plans to field just one rider in next season’s MotoGP World Championship. The massively experienced Englishman began work in the motorcycle Grand Prix paddock in 1976 with Kawasaki, before moving to Honda in 1983. Shenton joined Suzuki in 1992 and has been chief engineer for many great Suzuki riders including, Kevin Schwantz, Sete Gibernau, John Hopkins, Loris Capirossi and numerous others in his illustrious career.

Due to Suzuki’s decision to operate a one-man team next season, several other members of the crew will join Shenton in leaving the squad. George Dziedzic, Richard Francis, Jeffrey Oh, Tsutomu Matsugano, Renato Pennacchio and Erkki Siukola will all be greatly missed following the re-structure for 2011. Suzuki Motor Corporation would like to thank all of the departing crew-members for their years of service and wish all their ex-team-mates well in their new careers.

Shinichi Sahara – Team Suzuki MotoGP Project Leader:
“I want to wish Stuart all the best and thank him from the bottom of my heart for everything he has done for Suzuki. He has always been so hard-working and striving for the best result. He is one of the most methodical men I have worked with in motorcycle racing and the team will greatly miss his experience and drive to get things done. I also want to pass on my best wishes on behalf of Suzuki to the other guys that have left the team. It is very unfortunate – and sad – to say goodbye, but I hope they will always remain friends and that we have the chance to work together again in the near future.”
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Tom-X -just need great rider  December 13, 2010 08:00 PM
Rizla just need great rider the GSV-R is great bike, but not for the rider
Maxx -Why?  November 10, 2010 09:41 AM
Why, waste money running one rider with no chance? Just step out gracefully and concentrate on WSK and AMA, since they seem to post the most useful gains for street bike technology. Lets face it racing is great for R&D but retail pays the bills.
Alex -First step in the wrong direction  November 8, 2010 06:49 PM
Suzuki is on the way out just like Kawasaki was a few years ago. What's sad is that as soon as a team quits MotoGP, when they decide to return it will take a team at least 3 years to be competitive again. If I would be Suzuki I would rather spend my money to be a front runner in SBK rather than a looser all the time in MotoGP. There is no way they will have better results with one bike next year than what they accomplished this year.
edpix -End of an era  November 8, 2010 05:48 PM
This is the beginning of the end for Suzuki, I am sure this is tough for Kevin Schwantz to watch. Lack o' cash = lack o' fast, unfortunately...... Thanks Suzuki for changing all sport bikes for the better with the GSXR series back in 1985.
W1LLPARKER -if they are going to stay in MotoGp...  November 8, 2010 04:05 PM
..then scrap the bike and start over...

how can u have a non competitive bike for close to a decade?