Suzuki prioritising engine after test setback
16 November 2017 – Suzuki says finalising its 2018 engine is its "most urgent" task after suffering a setback in its preparations when both Andrea Iannone and Álex Rins fell ill at Valencia.
Neither Iannone nor Rins were able to take to the track on Tuesday, due to a virus, and were towards the lower end of the mileage charts on Wednesday.
Suzuki chief Davide Brivio rued the situation, and says understanding the direction it takes with its engine is the most pressing matter for next week's three-day test at Jerez.
"We worked less than what was possible because both Andrea and Alex were still not at 100 per cent and also felt weak," said Brivio.
"We only tried some of the main items, making choices by priority. We have a new chassis that is supposed to help the riders with the grip, and a new engine that is supposed to improve corner entry.
"For the amount they were able to test, the feedback is positive.
"Although, we have to thoroughly double check and we still need to be prudent.
"Luckily we have already scheduled a three-day test for next week in Jerez, so we will be able to make up for some of this week´s missed programme.
"The engine is the most urgent thing to analyse because its development and production requires time, but we are taking things step by step, trying different modifications.
"Then we will put everything together for the test in Sepang at the end of January."
Suzuki suffered a disappointing 2017 campaign, failing to register a single podium finish, with Iannone only 13th in the championship, three places ahead of rookie Rins.