Suzuki Announces 2015 MotoGP Participation
Suzuki Motor Corporation has announced
that it will participate in the MotoGP class of the world's top
motorcycle racing series, the FIM Road Racing Grand Prix (MotoGP),
from 2015, at the press conference of the INTERMOT International
Motorcycle, Scooter and Bicycle Fair held in Cologne, Germany from
30 September to 5 October, 2014
With the development of the MotoGP machine and team structure prepared, Suzuki has decided to participate in the MotoGP series from 2015, and announced its newly-developed MotoGP machine, the GSX-RR, team riders, and team structure. Also, prior to its participation, Suzuki will make a wildcard appearance at this season's final race, the Valencia GP.
Suzuki had temporarily suspended its participation in MotoGP from 2012, but has been continuing with the machine development toward its return. Through MotoGP racing, Suzuki will develop more attractive products by giving technical feedback to the products, and improve the brand image.
The MotoGP Machine GSX-RR
The development of the GSX-RR was started
in 2012 with the aim to achieve high performance in the MotoGP
class, as well as to give technology feedback to production models
such as the Suzuki
It utilizes a newly-developed, in-line four-cylinder engine that realizes a strong, flexible engine character, fuel efficiency, and durability at a high level.
The frame has a layout that keeps its width slim for both maneuverability and aerodynamic performances, and optimizes body strength and weight balance.
The aim was to develop a highly competitive MotoGP machine that can bring out the straightforward maneuverability developed over the years with the GSX-R.
Basic Specification of the GSX-RR:
- Overall length x width x height: 2,096mm x
720mm x 1,140mm
- Wheelbase: 1,457mm
- Body weight: 160kg (based on FIM
- Engine type: Water-cooled, four-stroke in-line
four-cylinder, DOHC four-valve
- Displacement: 1,000cc
- Maximum output: Over 169kw (230PS)
- Frame type: Twin-spar aluminum
- Tires (front/rear): 16.5in/16.5in
- Front suspension: Ohlins, inverted fork
- Rear suspension: Ohlins
- Brakes (front/rear): Carbon disk/steel disk -
- Team name: Team Suzuki MotoGP
- Team riders: Aleix
Espargaro (Spain): currently racing in MotoGP / Maverick
ViÃ±ales (Spain): currently racing in Moto2
- Team Manager: Davide Brivio (Italy): current
test team manager
Suzuki 2015 MotoGP Team Image Gallery
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