MotoGP » Bautista looks back on Suzuki, forward to Honda


"I will work with the mechanics of Hiroshi, not with the team of Marco. But it is true that maybe I'm here because of what has happened, but I do not take his place" – Alvaro Bautista.

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Chakdey - Unregistered

November 19, 2011 3:05 PM

Suzy should consider becoming an engine supplier to MGP.

There are several excellent suppliers out there who could build a competitive package. Some of these guys even supply Formula 1 and the Indy cars as well as Superbikes. The other component suppliers are pretty common in MGP, e.g. Ohlins, Brembo, etc, etc, etc.

Shame de Puniet didn't get the ride as he proved to be the better and faster rider than Batistuta will ever be and this was on the same Suzy bike in testing even though de Puniet hadn't ridden the Suzy befofre.

Seth - Unregistered

November 19, 2011 5:16 PM

I'm sad for them leaving but happy they won't be around to break more bones. Hopper and Bautista are way better than the suzuki gsvr could show and the only reward they got back from pushing it was broken bones.

Such a low effort from a manufacturer isn't worth having at the world level. Maybe when they come back it'll be a real full effort and not a grid filling one.

rotsa ruck - Unregistered

November 19, 2011 5:33 PM

I think what DePuniet proved was that the Suzuki was not so bad. Certainly not as bad as it had been made out to be. It just needed the right rider aboard. Similar to back when Kevin Schwantz was aboard the RGV 500.

It's a sad day when a manufacturer leaves the sport. Maybe they will supply engines to someone looking to start a CRT. Who knows, maybe a bored and stroked GSVR engine in an FTR chassis might be a better package than the factory GSVR. It worked for Roberts Yamaha switching from the factory frame to the ROC frame.

Paddles - Unregistered

November 19, 2011 8:59 PM

the suzuki was never a bad bike, it just needed setting up right and it's a pity that it took AB and the engineering team to get themselves up on the pace in order to sort it out. anyhow, it's all history now and good luck on the honda AB.

one thing that don't like is how suzuki dragged this thing out making it difficult for it's employees (including AB) to get other jobs, that's krap i reckon. AB was loyal enough to pin his hopes on suzuki and if the Simoncelli accident hadn't occurred, AB would have been struggling to get a manufacturer ride for next year. i reckon suzuki have treated their employees poorly.

shamarone

November 19, 2011 11:14 PM

re: "Suzy should consider becoming an engine supplier to MGP."

re: "Maybe they will supply engines to someone looking to start a CRT. Who knows, maybe a bored and stroked GSXR engine in an FTR chassis"

guys, it's over. time to let go.

pcxmac - Unregistered

November 20, 2011 5:33 AM

the way Randy and Hopper picked up the Suzuki and made it work for them, Im thinking Alvaro got a real 'lucky' break. Hopefully he wont have to crash his bike so often next year.

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