Suzuki are all set to make a comeback to MotoGP in 2015, with riders Randy de Puniet and Nobuatsu Aoki and with Davide Brivio at the helm as team manager. Kevin Schwantz, who won the 1993 500cc motorcycle grand prix road racing world championship aboard his Suzuki RGV500, has also been helping out with development work on the new GP bike.
Last week, Schwantz and Franco Uncini (who won the 1982 500cc motorcycle grand prix road racing world championship aboard a Suzuki RG500) officially unveiled the 2015 Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP bike at the Motegi circuit in Japan. Schwantz did a couple of demo laps on the new GSX-RR, while Uncini rode alongside him on a 2011 Suzuki GSV-R. "I understand the bike, it’s a very good machine, and I really enjoyed riding it," said Kevin. "Fantastic! It’s a great bike. I would like to say thank you to the Suzuki team for giving me the chance to ride the GSX-RR," added Franco.
We love the idea of Suzuki coming back to MotoGP, but we have to say, we don't know if we have a great deal of faith in their development riders. Nobuatsu Aoki, 42 years old now, has been a Suzuki test rider for the last six years, and last raced in MotoGP back in 2008. Randy de Puniet, 33, has been a test rider for the last two years and last raced in MotoGP in 2012, when he took 13th place in the championship. Still, Suzuki's two racer boys for 2015, Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales, might be hungry for a win or two, and might produce some magic! We wish them all the best!
2015 Suzuki GSX-RR: Tech Specs
Length x width x height: 2,096mm x 720mm x 1,140mm
Bodyweight: 160kg (based on FIM regulations)
Engine type: Water-cooled, four-stroke in-line four-cylinder, DOHC four-valve, 1000cc
Maximum output: Over 230bhp
Frame type: Twin-spar aluminum
Wheels (front/rear): 16.5in/16.5in
Front suspension: Ohlins, inverted fork
Rear suspension: Ohlins
Brakes (front/rear): Carbon disk/steel disk, Brembo