FIXI Suzuki Press Release: FIXI Crescent Unveil 2013 World Superbike Contender

The FIXI Crescent Suzuki team unveiled their 2013 World Superbike contender today, posting photos on the team's website of the bikes, before they were shipped off to Australia for the upcoming test and opening round of the 2013 season. Below is the press release issued, and the photos of the bike:

Team Suzuki Press Office - February 4.

The new-look 2013 FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000s have been unveiled today as the team prepares to crate-up the bikes and ship to the southern hemisphere for the start of the 2013 eni FIM Superbike World Championship.

The updated and freshly-liveried Yoshimura-powered GSX-Rs, ridden by Leon Camier and new signing Jules Cluzel, will make their debut at an unofficial test at Phillip Island on Thursday and Friday, February 14-15th, followed by the Official WSBK test on the 18th and 19th; and their initiation into the competitive world of Superbike racing at the first round of the season, on Sunday February 24th.

2013 FIXI Crescent Suzuki Image Gallery: CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS


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Wonder if Yoshimura was able to work out the power on that bike. They almost made me a Suzuki fan with their team over here in the US. They made some good bikes, (also had the best riders Mladin/ Spies, so who knows just how much better the bikes were than the others.) They did however, have VERY good orginization within their team.

That colour scheme makes that bike look very messy indeed. Pity. The current GSX-R1000 already has somewhat uninspired busy lines, but a more stylish, tidy coulour scheme would make all the difference. Now it looks like a bike from a no-budget team that has a hundred local mini sponsors and no livery designer.

Nonetheless, I think Camier and Cluzel will be fast. It's been a while since Corser's 2005 title on the K5, but Biaggi was close on the K7 as well. And the all-new for 2009 GSX-R1000 proved to have a lot of potential too. Max Neukirchner was up front until he got injured by that horrible first-corner crash at Monza and later his back fracture, Haslam almost won the championship in 2010, but then the team ran out of funding and support. Looking at the US, Australian and British championships, the GSX-R was definitely competitive in the past few years. But for success in (especially) the World Championship, just a good base is not enough; the skills and resources of the team are at least as important. Not to mention the riders... (What would have happened if Suzuki had held on to Ben Spies in WSB..?)

It's a bit of a shame though that the new 2012 generation looks very similar to the 2009 bike, apart from the 4-into-1 exhaust. Lots of commentators even keep saying it's a old bike, thinking it is still the same as in 2009. Or even 2007, which bike had a completely different chassis and engine...
Suzuki, put a good designer on that bike please!