Suzuki Press Release: Randy De Puniet Tests Suzuki MotoGP Bike At Motegi

Suzuki, which was also at Motegi along with Honda and Casey Stoner, today issued a press release summarizing the results of their testing at Motegi, where Randy De Puniet was testing two chassis revisions on their MotoGP machine, posting a fastest lap of 1'48:60 in the process. The press release appears below:


Team Suzuki Press Office - August 7.

The Suzuki MotoGP Test Team completed a successful two-day test at the Twin Ring Motegi today after being hampered by poor weather conditions yesterday.

Heavy rain on Tuesday, just after the circuit opened at 10am, halted track testing for all the teams involved until 9am this morning; which saw air temperatures of 30 degrees and track temperatures reaching 50 degrees.

Suzuki MotoGP Test Team rider Randy De Puniet suffered two small crashes in the morning session, but with only minor damage to the machine, he was back on track this afternoon, making important progress and successfully testing two new chassis configurations; one of which the team has chosen to develop further at the next Suzuki MotoGP tests in Italy at Misano next month to obtain more edge grip and stability.

De Puniet's best lap time this afternoon was 1'48:60, which was slightly slower than his previous test times at Motegi, but in-line with the other riders' lap times in less-than grippy conditions and very hot conditions. De Puniet was also joined by Suzuki MotoGP Test rider Nobuatsu Aoki, who completed five evaluation laps towards the end of today's session.

Said De Puniet: "In this test we were not so lucky with the weather, as yesterday we stayed in the pit all day. 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 tyre 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."

Suzuki MotoGP Test Team Manager Davide Brivio added: "Today was another good day in our development programme. We had a chance to try different tests with various settings and we tried to better-understand the bike's behaviour 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."

The Team Suzuki MotoGP Test Team will be next on track at the official IRTA Tests at Misano on September 16-18th.

High-Resolution images from the Twin Ring Motegi test (by Hirofumi Moriya): CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS


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Suzuki has really seemed to have caught a stride. Sadly what they figured out in their chassis would be helpful to Ducati.

I really like Suzuki setting out on this new inline project to help orient their road & gp bikes.

I would eat up a GSXR with an irregular firing order. :)

Sorry to repost but I would teally like some input on this
I'm not sure why motorcycle manufacturers spend so much money on engineering, wind tunnel testing, etc on MotoGP bikes and then build a street bike that has little to do with the gained knowledge. Not to mention it doesn't seem very cost effective and a missed marketing opportunity. Honda has found that its important to run the RC213V exhaust with a 4 into 2 on a V 4 engin, while the CBR 1000 runs a 4 into 1 on an inline 4. Yamaha R1 with its two bug eyed air intakes and a 4 into 2 exhaust doesn't take advantage of the R&D put into the M1's centered air intake and 4 into 1. And the Suzuki bike Randy De Puniet has been testing has nothing to do with the current or future GSXR 1000.
I personally would love to be able to buy a R1 that was basically a tuned down street version of the M1. Beef up the metal thicknesses where needed, replace titainium with aluminum, carbon fiber with plastic, the high end electronics with a more standard street bike version, swap Brembo for Yamaha brakes, replace the outsorced exhaust and wheels with inhouse pipes and rims etc.
if Kawasaki and Suzuki knew that the MotoGP bike they were going to develop was the high end version of the street bike they'd be making next year that seems a much more attractive investment instead of the current situation where in addition to spending millions making a 1000cc street bike you spend millions and millions making a MotoGP bike.
And the 600cc street bikes would again be a scaled down version of the MotoGP / 1000cc bikes.
WSBK could run its series on the street bike versions. AMA would start producing more riders that would move up to WSBK & MotoGP
And factory replica bikes would be everywhere, loaded with sponsors stickers, which sponsors would love.
It would certainly beat the hell out of Yamaha changing their paint scheme and calling it a new bike.

...and I believe that is exactly Suzuki's intention with the 'current' (being tested) GP bike. Essentially, the GP bike will be the top tier of GSX-R family.