Video: Suzuki MotoGP Development Report, Part 2

01/04/2014 @ 4:16 pm, by David Emmett5 COMMENTS


Continuing its video series on the progress of its MotoGP project, Suzuki today released the second part of the series. Today’s video documents the first tests which Suzuki undertook at Motegi in April and May, after signing Randy de Puniet as test rider and Davide Brivio to manage the program.

The first task De Puniet was set to was testing the Suzuki GSV-R 800 bike back-to-back with the new 1,000cc bike. De Puniet had previously tested the 800cc bike at Valencia at the end of the 2011 season, before Suzuki decided to pull out of MotoGP temporarily.

The two bikes have radically different designs: the 800cc bike had a narrow angle V4 engine layout, while the 1,000cc is an inline four with a big bang layout, along the lines of Yamaha’s M1. De Puniet’s comments on the two machines give an interesting insight into the difference the new regulations have made.

Below is the second video in the series. If you’d like to catch up with the first video, you can see it here.

Source: Suzuki Racing

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

  • Bill

    Less than 3 seconds off the current lap record is not bad for a first test. I hope they come back and perform well. More competition is always better.

  • Cameron

    Slightly faster than Randy’s time in the dry (2012 Motegi Qual) on the ART machine, by a few tenths.

  • MikeD

    Maybe if Dorna wouldn’t be changing the rules every time they take a dump more manufacturers would be racing and perhaps those that called it a day would have never done so.

    I say, the OEMs should band together and make Dorna sign some kind of document that says no more “pulling the rug from under our feet when we are starting to feel comfortable” for at least 5-6 years . . . that way they have time to refine their products before jumping and dumping a ship load of money and time into a whole new bike.

  • Norm G.

    re: “I say, the OEMs should band together and make Dorna sign some kind of document”

    I say the OEMs should band together and gut Dorna like a fish…

    “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress”.

    there’s nothing Ezpelata can do that the manufacturers can’t do for themselves. the reverse however is not true.

  • TwoWheelLoo

    Bahahaha! “…..And that’s pretty good.”

    Don’t understand choosing DePuniet as a development rider but oh wellz… Hopefully Spies can recover well enough to get in on the project or Laverty can do well enough in WSBK to secure a ride with the GP team.