MotoGP » Suzuki confirms single-bike MotoGP team


Suzuki officially confirms its plans to scale-back to a single MotoGP entry in 2011 with just Alvaro Bautista signed to ride the GSV-R

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Westminister - Unregistered

November 09, 2010 1:36 PM

Suzuki lacks both the heart and vision for racing. They left Haslem hanging in WSBK, not to mention their efforts in MotoGP being an absolute joke.

They should refocus their efforts and start manufacturing electric mobility chairs for the disabled. I hear health care is a booming industry...

To think that Ducati is a fraction of its size and able to exert more desire and engineer a more competitive product.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

November 09, 2010 6:05 PM

Yamo46 - Re what's going on - how do Ducati afford it? They run their racing efforts as a commercial enterprise and the costs are covered by sponsors. Suzuki had only a token sponsorship from Rizla - probably covering about 10% of the costs so now that times are hard they can't afford to go racing.

On top of that sales of Jap bikes have been hit hard in the recession - they build in large batches and record the bikes as sold when they are ordered by a dealer - result large quantities of unsold bikes sold at knock down prices and a lack of follow up orders from dealers.

Compare that with European (BMW, Triumph etc) - bikes built to order so no excess stocks. European bike sales have risen while Jap bike sales have collapsed.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

November 09, 2010 6:10 PM

Suzuki have just axed 81 bike dealerships in the UK.

In the US they were so over stocked that virtually all their 2010 sales were of 2009 models - so major cashflow problems for Suzuki.

po - Unregistered

November 09, 2010 8:20 PM

I really hope come 2012, 2 suzuki's, 2 Kawasaki's, 2 BMW's, 2 Aprillia's on the grid, that would be awesome and even have open tyres so Dunlops and Michelens are back.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

November 09, 2010 10:06 PM

That wont happen Po - Although if the rule on the 1000's allowing road based engines is allowed by the lawyers - and there are grave doubts on that - you may see privately run bikes with specialist frames like Moto2, but powered by Kawasaki, BMW, Suzuki, Aprilia etc.

Why would you want the tyre wars back - only the number one riders got good rubber and if you were on the wrong brand you didn't stand a chance - at least the one make rule gives a level playing field. Michelin, Dunlop etc apart from a brief period

Bikers Moll - Unregistered

November 09, 2010 10:42 PM

Now that Crapirossi has gone, let's see if he recovers from his debilitating swelling of his self-preservation gland. It is well known that he has no fear of 'taking someone out' but no-one thought he would do it to his loyal and hard working crew.

Commiserations boys, at least you went out at the top of your game.

aeaventures - Unregistered

November 10, 2010 9:03 AM

Its acceptable for a private team like LCR to run one bike, factories? sorry its not accpetable minumum team of two and really there should be a satelite team as well, Dorna are ****ting themselves! and the quality of the event just gets worse, Iam not a big fan but thankgod for Rossi!

maidguitar

November 10, 2010 1:44 PM

Awesome, I've been signed up by Suzuki to ride under Capirossi, who's got tons of experience to teach me the ropes as I get accustomed to GP! Alls I've gotta do is put in some respectable rides and then hopefully move on and get signed somewhere else later!

Sorry Alvaro, we're cutting Capirex's bike. You'll be the sole rider in your sophomore year - good luck with development!

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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