MotoGP » Suzuki announces MotoGP return - in 2015

Suzuki announces MotoGP return in 2015 - confirms inline four-cylinder engine, Davide Brivio as team manager, Randy de Puniet as development rider...

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June 17, 2013 1:24 PM

Just the news we need to hear and see. More bikes, more racing. Only question's - who will be the riders? Goes without saying Cal (Crutchlow) now has the experience as we are seeing with him on the satellite Yamaha.


June 17, 2013 2:34 PM

Where does Cal go in 2014?
Posted by Strex.

I think they will be draughting a copy of his contract any time soon!
Lets hope the bike is up to the task.Nice to see them back.Now lets get Kawasaki back too!


June 17, 2013 3:15 PM

I hope that all those commentards who've been stating confidently that any particular rider would be with Suzuki in 2014 feel suitably silly now.

In terms of Suzuki's plan I feel that this may not be the best way of going about things. The best way to develop a bike is in the heat of competition. They need to know how the bike performs under race conditions, on race tyres, against race opposition etc. They would have probably been better entering a low key development effort in 2014. Even if it was just one rider they would probably have got more useful data for race development than a whole year's testing with any number of riders.


June 17, 2013 3:22 PM

Those people prediticting Cal will get the Suzuki ride need to remember he hasn't signed a contract for 2014. If the Tech3 ride goes to somebody else then he'll have to sign for somebody (well, duh!) but will he be willing to put all his eggs on the chance of getting the Suzuki ride in 2015? Will he find a factory or satellite team willing to sign him for a single season? Remember there'll be another crop of talent coming up from Moto2 to contend with for the 2014 game of musical chairs.

I don't buy Parrish's contention that Cal has suddenly achieved alien status. Sure he's fast, but consistently alien fast? Not so sure about that.


June 17, 2013 5:11 PM

The things is,if Cal loses his ride next year to Pol Espargaro,which seems quite possible,where is Cal going to go?
I think Suzuki would snap him up without a seconds hesitation.In fact i think they would be nuts not to!
He is easliy the best satellite rider on the grid right now by a considerable margin.


June 17, 2013 5:41 PM

Of course still a good news & I'm certainly respect that. They must have their reasons, concerns. I'm not seeing the complete picture..

But, yes, this is still a little disappointing.. The test result today is pretty good & decent. Moreover, Suzuki has all time to test before next season starts.. Why delay till 2015? Financial? Agree with the comment that it's good & crucial to place the machine in real stress test while slowly developing it. One has to subject the machine to various kind of tests to ensure it's reliable, sturdy & adaptable etc. They have 2014 to 'straighten' & fine tuned the bike, so to speak.

The longer the delay, the greater the challenge to overcome.. :)

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