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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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joat

June 17, 2013 7:08 PM

Its actually 2015, NOT 2014 as I initially thought! Havent realised this mistake on my part until I saw it on Motorcycle News. Still as the old saying goes "Better Late Than Never"!!!

an4rew

June 17, 2013 11:06 PM
Last Edited 409 days ago

The new bike is beautiful, Suzuki could teach Ducati a thing or two about styling.
Juding from De Puniets positive feedback i'm quite disappointed they decided to wait to 2015.

R6Ryder

June 18, 2013 3:10 AM

Will they be able to do some wildcard entries next season? If so I'm sure they will. I think the zuk has always been good. All thru the MotoGP years. They lacked one thing.. A top rider. Sure, Hopkins was good, vermuelen, capirossi. But to win they needed a Stoner, pedrosa, Lorenzo or Rossi . That won't change . To win they will need to poach a top guy. JL, DP or MM. Cal would be great but I'm not sure he is ever gonna be at those three's level. Impo

shamarone

June 18, 2013 3:38 AM
Last Edited 409 days ago

re: "@ sham I need a prediction. Let's hear it. How will Suzuki fare in 2015???"

I reckon if they begin petitioning now for extra engines...? and a banning of Honda's transmission...? they'll be top 10.

outside of that, their crossplane doesn't have a snowball's chance of going the distance of furusawa's original. has masao been lured out of retirement and somebody not tell me...? let pneumatic valves get banned and it's a wrap. additionally, the 2nd order imbalance on those things are epic and will crack cases like an egg. theres a reason yam boffins spend considerable hours (and yen) machining each one of THEIRS from billet.

even with a balancer, if they're showing up with castings, they're bringing a knife to a gunfight. the engine at that point's really no better than an R1 and will need considerable spares to get through a season (nevermind be competitive). see entry for spies winning year in '09. see entry for aprilia's V4.

shamarone

June 18, 2013 3:40 AM
Last Edited 409 days ago

cont:

crossplane's a brilliant design don't get me wrong, but making them go fast ain't cheap, or for the faint of heart. that's a "midnight oil" level commitment if ever there was. if we recall the last few iterations of kawi's grandprix zed was in fact a "crossplane", and they sure as hell weren't tumbling any lap records.

see there's SOOO many other things to consider at the this level, than just showing up for the papparazzi with your best. what's that you say...? you're ready to give 100%...? good, that'll get you half way there.

Cammyspop

June 18, 2013 10:55 AM
Last Edited 408 days ago

@Hoppy but if Cal loses his ride to Pol next year signing for Suzuki is NOT an option. Suzuki won't be here racing next year.

I've said it before but Cal's decision (and it was his choice not the teams) to sign with Tech3 for one year was a stupid one. We already knew there would be no seats on factory Hondas or Yamahas for 2014. Even then the only factory perch unfilled for 2014 was Hayden's. Does Cal really want to go to Ducati at this stage in his career?

And before Ducatisti start telling us that they'll be competitive in 2014, didn't they tell us that about 2011, 2012 and 2013. It seems the Ducati is still where it was last year, capapble of a handful of blistering laps then the tyres are shot.

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