Earlier this week Suzuki rented Austin, Texas’ Circuit of the Americas road course for a combined 2-day test with its newly formed and full factory MotoGP team along with the Yoshimura American Superbike squad. Take a peek at photos of Suzuki’s yet-to-be named prototype as it prepares to return to competition for the 2015 season.
Engineers spent considerable time tweaking the transmission for the high-speed demands of the 3.427-mile Texas road course.
The temperature of the pavement on Tuesday was significantly cooler than the weekend and de Puniet had to run a softer Bridgestone tire in the morning.
Suzuki’s MotoGP prototype now features a more traditional Inline 4 engine (like its GSX-R sportbikes) as opposed to a V-4 layout.
Suzuki rented CoTA on Tuesday and Wednesday this week in order to obtain data in preparation for its return to MotoGP competition in 2015.
It’s obvious by the level of professionalism and crates of brand new equipment that Suzuki is serious about being competitive in MotoGP next season.
Japanese rider Nobuatsu Aoki is the secondary test rider verifies de Puniet’s work at the end of each day of testing. Interestingly enough both riders have substantially different body sizes.
Kevin Schwantz spun 11 laps on the 2015 Suzuki MotoGP prototype. It is the first time he has ridden a Suzuki GP bike since ’06 when they were limited to 990cc.
We hand timed de Puniet in the 2’07-second range which was a few seconds of the pace of the MotoGP front runners.
Randy de Puniet has been hired as Suzuki’s primary test rider but says he plans on racing in MotoGP next season.
De Puniet says that dialing in the electronics will be the biggest challenge to get Suzuki’s GP competitive with the front-runners.