Suzuki makes development strides at test
8 August 2013 – Suzuki has chosen its base chassis for future development after a successful two-day test at Motegi. The Japanese manufacturer, which is returning to the top echelon of motorcycle racing in 2015, trialled two frames with test rider Randy de Puniet.
Although poor weather conditions restricted running on Tuesday, the firm enjoyed plenty of track time the following day and was able to make significant progress.
"It was another good day in our development programme," said Suzuki test team manager Davide Brivio. "We had a chance to try different tests with various settings and we tried to better-understand the bike's behaviour in different conditions.
"Despite difficult weather conditions, we had a chance to choose one of the two frames, which we will carry on to develop further in future tests. Our engineers have taken some good information away with them for the next stage of development."
De Puniet, who had two small crashes on the second morning of the test, posted a best time of 1:48.600 on Wednesday and reckons a "good direction" has been found.
"In this test we were not so lucky with the weather, as on the first day we stayed in the pit all day," said de Puniet, currently riding for the Aspar Racing Team. "Also, the track was slippery and very hot on Wednesday, so the grip wasn't very good, but we found a good direction with one of the chassis configurations we had available.
"I found one with better tyre contact feeling and better for corner-entry, so we will continue with this in Misano next month. The rain came before the end of the test and I couldn't try to improve my lap time, but overall we are very satisfied."
Suzuki will next be in action at the official Misano test from September 16-18.