Suzuki gets back to the business of MotoGP. Find out what kind of progress its making in the Inside Suzuki’s Return to MotoGP 2014 feature.
- Suzuki Japan brought two chassis’ for Randy de Puniet to test in Austin, Texas.
- 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.
- Suzuki rented CoTA on Tuesday and Wednesday this week in order to obtain data in preparation for its return to MotoGP competition in 2015.
- 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.
- Engineers spent considerable time tweaking the transmission for the high-speed demands of the 3.427-mile Texas road course.
- ’93 500cc GP Champ Kevin Schwantz prepares to ride the 2015 Suzuki MotoGP prototype. Seated next to him is Suzuki test rider Nobuatsu Aoki.
- 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.
- 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 Suzuki’s GP competitive with the front-runners.
- 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.
- Suzuki’s MotoGP prototype now features a more traditional Inline Four engine (like its GSX-R sportbikes) as opposed to a V-Four layout.
- We hand timed de Puniet in the 2’07-second range which was a few seconds of the pace of the MotoGP front runners.
- Suzuki’s to-be-named prototype now uses an Inline Four configuration 1000cc engine opposed to the previous generation 65-degree V-Four. This should aid the development of future GSX-R sportbikes.
- Randy de Puniet was some three seconds off Marc Marquez’ pole sitting time at Austin four days prior to Suzuki’s test.
- From left to right: Former Yamaha man Davide Brivio has been hired as team manager. Kevin Schwantz was impressed with Suzuki’s most current MotoGP effort. Randy de Puniet is anxious to get back to racing next year. Long-time GP rider Nobuatsu Aoki is now Suzuki’s in-house test rider.
- Although Randy de Puniet is the primary development rider for Suzuki he doesn’t yet have a contract to race with them for 2015. He says he’ll pursue other options if necessary as he fully intends on racing in MotoGP next year.