Just a few hours after Aprilia and Estrella Galicia Marc VDS unveiled their 2015 bikes, it was the turn of Suzuki. In Japan, the factory unveiled their 2015 livery, featuring sponsorship by ECSTAR, the Suzuki-owned brand of lubricants. The press release, including photos and videos, appears below:
Suzuki unveils its MotoGP team name as Team SUZUKI ECSTAR
Team Suzuki Press Office - March 6.
ECSTAR, the global umbrella brand of Suzuki genuine oil/ chemical products.
Suzuki Motor Corporation has unveiled its MotoGP team name as Team SUZUKI ECSTAR. Suzuki will come back to the MotoGP class of the world’s top motorcycle racing series, the FIM* Road Racing Grand Prix (MotoGP), from 2015. The 2015 season will start from the Qatar GP, which will hold its race on 29 March, 2015.
*Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (International Motorcycling Federation).
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR will participate with the new racing machine GSX-RR, which is installed with the newly-developed in-line four-cylinder engine. Two riders, Aleix ESPARGARO (Spain), who was ranked seventh in the MotoGP class last season, and Maverick VIÑALES (Spain), who has stepped up from the Moto2 class, will compete aboard the GSX-RR.
Suzuki’s Director and Senior Managing Officer Eiji Mochizuki (Executive General Manager, Motorcycle Operations) said “Finally, Suzuki will make a comeback to the MotoGP, the world’s top motorcycle racing series. Through high-level competition, we will sharpen up our technologies, and aggressively feed them back to our production models and interact with Suzuki customers all over the world. Suzuki will challenge to improve satisfaction of customers all over the world to a higher level, through racing and our products. We ask our fans to support the Team SUZUKI ECSTAR.”
ECSTAR is the brand name of Suzuki’s genuine high-performance engine oil, which has been on sale since 1984. It has been sold mainly in Japan and exported from Japan.
In the occasion of the ECSTAR brand’s 30th anniversary and Suzuki’s participation in the MotoGP, Suzuki will seek to increase global recognition of the ECSTAR brand by establishing the ECSTAR brand as the global umbrella brand of Suzuki genuine oil/ chemical products, and making it the MotoGP team name. Starting from Europe, the ECSTAR brand will be offered to overseas distributors as a high-quality, dependable brand.
Overall length x width x height: 2,096mm x 720mm x 1,140mm.
Wheelbase: 1,457mm .
Engine type: Water-cooled, four-stroke in-line four-cylinder, DOHC four-valve.
Maximum output: Over 169kw (230PS).
Maximum speed: Over 330km/h .
Gearbox: Six-speed (cassette type).
Frame type: Twin-spar aluminum.
Tyres (front/ rear): 16.5in/16.5in .
Front suspension: Öhlins, inverted fork.
Rear suspension: Öhlins.
Brake (front/ rear): Carbon disk/ steel disk, Brembo.
Team structure of Team SUZUKI ECSTAR:
#25 Maverick VIÑALES.
Age: 20 (12/01/1995).
2014: Moto2 – 3rd.
2013: Moto3 – 1st.
2012: Moto3 – 3rd.
#41 Aleix ESPARGARO
Age: 25 (30/07/1989)
2014: MotoGP – 7th.
2013: MotoGP 11th.
2012: MotoGP 12th.
Team Director and Managers:
Team Director: Satoru TERADA.
Team Manager: Davide BRIVIO.
Technical Manager: Ken KUWAUCHI
Suzuki ECSTAR series:
ECSTAR is the Suzuki genuine high-performance engine oil which was born in 1984. Its name derives from the words Ecstatic and Star, meaning “the star of ecstatic performance.” By unifying Suzuki genuine oil/ chemical products into the ECSTAR brand, Suzuki will provide dependable and reliable service to the customers through Suzuki automobile, motorcycle, and outboard motor dealers all over the world.
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Videos:
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – The Unveiling:
Eiji Mochizuki, Director and Senior Managing Officer of Suzuki Motorcycle Operations, introduces the newly-named Team SUZUKI ECSTAR squad that returns to MotoGP™ after a three-year absence later this month in Qatar.
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – The GSX-RR:
The new Team SUZUKI ECSTAR GSX-RR is revealed in its new livery, along with detailed machine specifications in this new video clip from Suzuki Motor Corporation.
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR: The Riders:
Meet Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR’s new young Spaniards as they prepare for the upcoming 18-round MotoGP™ season that begins on March 29th in Losail, Qatar.
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – Team Manager Interview:
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Team Manager Davide Brivio talks openly about his passion, his respect for the team and its new riders; plus his realistic expectations in the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship following a three-year absence from the premier class.