Suzuki Finalizes MotoGP Engine Design

The MotoGP Winter Break has begun, which means every team is working day and night to create the best possible engine design for the upcoming 2020 season. One team that claims to have finalized their engine for the testing period is Suzuki. Their new GSX-RR 2020 MotoGP motorcycle is a step in the right direction for the team. Suzuki, Yamaha and a few other teams aren’t allowed to design their engine throughout the regular season. Subsequently, non-concession organizations must evaluate and maintain their newest modifications during the testing period throughout November. Though this creates almost immediate new engines, it also creates multiple issues throughout the regular season. For instance, Suzuki, for the last four seasons, has cited top speed and grip as two of their most significant weaknesses.

This could change, though with the 2020 design. Throughout the Valencia Test, Suzuki’s drivers were able to place in the top sixth. Both Joan Mir and Alex Rins moved throughout the grid on the second testing day in Valencia, making their way into the top four. The Team manager claims that the feedback provided from the drivers have all been positive and that the Suzuki MotoGP Organization is in a good mood going forward. He finished comments by noting that the next two steps are to create a spec list for the upcoming season and to try various other modifications during the Sepang Testing in February. The two month period for winter break will enable Suzuki to emphasis on the qualities that will allow them to perform to highly during Valencia. The only concern for the team is the chassis, which is not at the carbon-strength required for their potential spec sheet.

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The Technical Manager for the Suzuki MotoGP Racing Organization, Ken Kawauchi, spoke on behalf of the team as well. He mentioned that the GSX-RR is beginning to form in unexpected ways that could lead to consistent podium placements. He noted that the first parts used have confirmed their hopes and that they’ve made a big step into the future. It should be noted that Suzuki has a few podiums throughout the 2019 Season, but not at the level they’d anticipated during last years winter testing. Subsequently, the new vehicle will allow Rins and Mir to both acquire higher positions in the world championship. This year Rins earned fourth, with next year he’s hoping for first.

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