MotoGP » Bautista in the dark over Suzuki's MotoGP plans

"I heard in the past that they are testing with the 1000cc bike, but I don't know if it's true or not" - Alvaro Bautista.

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Chris J - Unregistered

September 16, 2011 11:14 AM

I'd be disappointed if MotoGP lost Suzuki and Alvaro, the combination has proved to be successful in the second half of the season. I'd love to see them go back to 2 bikes full-time next year now they're a bit more competitive.

I think many fans would like to see Hopper back in MotoGP but I also think Dovizioso would be a good signing since he's being dropped by Repsol Honda, a very consistent rider who in my opinion still deserves a factory ride.

As for Bautista's other options, Aspar and Tech 3, I'd jump on the Yamaha anyday.


September 16, 2011 11:23 AM

Hats off to Alvaro & his crew, they're turning the gsv-r into a quite decent motogp bike. Anybody knows that's not an easy thing to do, especially when the money is NOT on your side (who said Ducati ?).

I won't blame Bati if he leaves Suzuki for a 1000cc bike with Tech trois, but I'll miss the 800cc era because I won't see what the bunch could've done with another year of development on the gsvr-. That definitely would've been interesting to watch.

Anyways, Very good job boys, thank you & good luck.

Henry Husaberg - Unregistered

September 16, 2011 11:46 AM

Hopefully Suzuki will be persuaded to stay in the premier class as a full factory team, then if not allow someone to run a team like Hayate did with Kawasaki given Bautista's efforts, and lets face it the dude and the team ain't done so bad on occasions.

Maybe (guessing) Hopper with some monster money might help Suzuki ? But would it be a Bautista's expense? They both (in their seperate ways) deserve to be on the grid on a Suzi.

mystic meg - Unregistered

September 16, 2011 11:50 AM

hope he stays and waits for the 1000cc,i rate bautista,always thought he was unfortunate in 250s,and was a match for simmo,dovi etc,some days.and hes got something outta the suzuki,i think hes an under rated rider in gps,and took to the bigger bikes naturally, and if had he a repsol he could probably beat simmo and dovi(only my opinion lads),someday maybe we will find out


September 16, 2011 12:28 PM

Suzuki should stick with the 800 for next year & bring on Hopper for a final show of potential. They would get 9 engines, if the rule still exists that if a team hasn't won a dry race in such a long time. Plus they could further the good strides in development they've made this year. The 1000 could be a dismal failure, along with trying to manage fuel/power with the displacement increase. 800 cc may be the optimal formula until the fuel limit increases.

Kirk66 - Unregistered

September 16, 2011 12:56 PM

Here's the final Jeopardy question: Can Suzuki get a factory bike and a CRT bike on the grid? Why do I say this? Well, the kid has skills and Suzuki has no real money (compared to the other factories). So, is it possible to field the 800 for the tracks that will rely on the point and shoot method of riding and simulaniously develop a knockoff GSX motored bike that you can slide around and use the torque for the long sweepers? Hate to see him switch to Tech 3 since he's worked so hard getting that Suzuki to work.

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