Suzuki Begins Return To MotoGP

The Suzuki MotoGP test bike.
The Suzuki MotoGP test bike.

BARCELONA — Suzuki confirmed its return to MotoGP competition with its participation in a sanctioned test Monday at the Catalunya Circuit.

After two years suspension since 2012, Suzuki Motor Corporation has organized its test team to undergo more practical running tests at its advanced development stage. Through continuing running tests at the circuits inside and outside Japan for further development and refinement, Suzuki Motor Corporation will participate again in MotoGP racing beginning in 2015.

Suzuki Motor Corp. will feed back advanced technology to be derived through MotoGP racing activity to develop further attractive production models.

Nobuatsu Aoki was first to ride the 1,000cc in-line four GP bike with Randy de Puniet riding for the balance of the day.

de Puniet dubbed Suzuki’s performance in Barcelona “a great job.” It was the first time the bike had gone up against other, current racing machinery.

“I am satisfied because the first test at Motegi was quite good and now we are at a GP track, with most of the other riders and running in the same conditions,” explained the Frenchman, who is contesting the current campaign with Power Electronics Aspar.

“I think we did a great job because I’m only seven tenths slower than the best lap time today and after only 50 or 60 laps; all of the other riders have already been here for three days. I am satisfied, but think we could be even faster if we had one more day.

“Anyway, it’s a good start because we now go to Aragon for a two-day test, so I really hope to do the same job and have the same feeling with the bike.”