Suzuki unveiled its plans for MotoGP at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany yesterday, where its 2015 model line-up was revealed to the world’s press.
The Japanese firm has been absent from the Blue Riband race series since 2011, but is back with an all-new bike, a new Team Manager in Davide Brivio and two new riders: Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales.
David Brivio talks about his involvement with the new project.
How long have you been working with the Suzuki MotoGP team?
“Since the beginning, in April 2013 I joined Suzuki and carried on the preparation.”
Can you tell us if the new bike uses any parts from the old GSV-R MotoGP bike?
“No, the GSX-RR is completely new. It's a total redesign from a blank sheet of paper.”
Why has Suzuki moved to an inline-four design?
“Well, to be also closer to our production bikes. One of the aims of participation in MotoGP is to develop technology to transfer to production bikes. So using the same engine layout there means stronger links to our production. That’s the target; the aim.”
What problems have you had so far? During development, what was the big headache for you?
“Now we are working a lot on the electronics, because the electronics are very sophisticated in MotoGP and we have been out for a few years, so we need to recover. And also we are working on engine performance - not so much the top speed of the engine - but more the drivability of the engine and the power. And we have to enter and see where we are; how much work we have to do!”
How close are you just now? What is your expectation for 2015?
“We have to try to, I think, get close with Ducati, even though they have been struggling for many years. Then we can see the way to the top…”
New Suzuki models introduced at the Cologne show include the new GSX-R1000S, which will be available in the MotoGP machine colour scheme in some countries, the naked GSX-S1000 ABS, the faired-version GSX-S1000F ABS, the Address 110 scooter, the V-Strom 650XT ABS, the Bandit 1250S ABS and the fully-faired version of the Inazuma 250F.
Models, specifications and colours may vary in different Suzuki markets worldwide. Please refer to your local Suzuki distributor website.