MotoGP » Denning: Race stats show Suzuki's real potential

"Alvaro's average lap-time until the crash was faster than Jorge, Ben, and Valentino..."

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August 14, 2011 5:33 PM

"On laps 8,9,10 and 12 Alvaro was the second fastest rider on the track, and was the third fastest on lap 11"

Pretty eye raising and impressive if you think about it but it would have been so much better if Alvaro could have brought it home.

If Suzuki is going to stay in MotoGP it makes no sense to continue with the 800cc and give the other factories a year of development up on them. Suzuki either needs to go all in or just get out but they seem to be content to do things half ass in both MotoGP and WSBK.


August 14, 2011 5:38 PM

Well yeah, so maybe Alvaro was riding over his head and the inevitable happened. The problem doesn't seem to be the power delivery, despite a fragile engine, which must not be discounted in such an valuation,having the luxury of additional supplies at no penalty can't be discounted, but to the fickle nature of the chassis dynamics which depend overly on a narrow range of track conditions determined by ambient temperatures.

Tippy Toes

August 14, 2011 5:51 PM

well he is consistent..he crashed at same corner last year !..I have to agree with Dawg re Suzukis half ****d efforts ..I would almost prefer they concentrated on one series gp or wsb ....if their "level of committment" is ultimately about the deeper pockets of other manufacturers perhaps its better to throw all resources at one series....

John - Unregistered

August 14, 2011 5:58 PM

None of it matters if he doesnt finish. He beat rossi once then binned it twice trying to do it again.

Considering the Suzuki is clearly strong i'd consider that a failure not an achievement


August 14, 2011 6:29 PM

re: "If Suzuki is going to stay in MotoGP it makes no sense to continue with the 800cc and give the other factories a year of development up on them."

making even less sense is pundits even daring to suggest it...? come 2012, suzuki will have officially spent a DECADE backmarking in 4-stroke grandprix. if they didn't commit for all the years the economy/industry was robust...? they damn sure aren't going to do it now with a global economy in ruin and the coast just off tokyo in tatters. it's time for them to mothball the project and limit their involvement (if they just HAVE to be involved?) to being a Moto1 engine supplier. WSBK's calling... word is it's francis on the phone...?

DW - Unregistered

August 14, 2011 6:38 PM

Suzuki has already committed to NOT being there in 2012 & have told Dorna & Denning so.

Denning is now trying to sell the bosses in Japan on giving him the bikes & some sponsorship money to run with. If they go for it, Suzuki's financial input will be about 25% of what they spend now.

highside - Unregistered

August 14, 2011 7:06 PM

Well i'd hardly say a decade as back markers the first year of the 800 they where right up there fighting for podiums but this is the first improvement since , mind you with two bikes on the grid at best you can't really advance everyone else has at least 4 ,ducati have half the grid actually saying that only 1 man has really mastered that ! Francis batta should run a satellite g p no point them both running the only team in each championship with no development help

Andy - Unregistered

August 14, 2011 8:24 PM

"according to Steve Parish Suzuki WILL be in 2012 running 800's.."
This sounds tragically familiar, Team KR & WCM continued to run 500's whilst everyone else was campaigning 990 four-strokes!

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