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Kevin Schwantz tries out Suzuki's MotoGP prototype

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April 16, 2014 7:43 AM

And some were saying him testing the bike was pointless 2, 12 sec is respectable even for a test rider let alone someone who hasn't ridden on GP tyres for quite some time. Definitely still capable of giving constructive feedback on the bike.


April 16, 2014 8:14 AM
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While it is indeed a very respectable time for a first lap it is too slow to get any "development" feedback. He is 49 but still races actively (he did the Szuka 8 hrs last year). I'm sure he willbe able to shave some considerable amount of time off his laptime if given the opportunity, but this is just for fun (and PR!) and he definately would not want to risk a crash.
Fo any real constructive feedback the bike needs to be ridden on its limit..


April 16, 2014 8:53 AM

I doubt this was more about testing than it was about thanking Kevin for his contribution to Suzuki and to let him ride a GP bike around a circuit he designed.

His fastest time was okay, but I can't wait until Laverty has a go on it.


April 16, 2014 9:09 AM

am I right in saying that back end looks long and low, just how Rossi and others (notably Hayden) sets up their bikes? I think Yamaha wouldn't be dumb enough to get rid of Rossi due to the big sponsors he's already brought in, but perhaps Suzuki will be trying harder to entice him over? They already said they will or already have approached Rossi, but now they know money won't get him over after the Ducati disaster. They need to show the bike is competitive and will suit him.


April 16, 2014 10:53 AM


Rossi will finish his career with Yamaha. As long as the bike is competitive enough, that's 99,9% sure. I would be VERY surprised if Rossi changed to Suzuki in these last years of his.

Jack Mordino

April 16, 2014 1:04 PM

Fo any real constructive feedback the bike needs to be ridden on its limit..

I agree with all your post except for that last part of it: A rider may bring a bike to its limit without actually doing a really fast lap time. A fast time means the bike is on its limit, yes but a bike on its limit doesn't necessarily mean a fast time. It all goes donw to rider skill, to exploit the bike as much as possible without crossing the limit.

Myself, being a mediocre track rider, I managed to lowside my bike due to too late and strong braking while still being around 10 seconds off club racers pace. Did I or did I not bring the bike to its limit (and beyond)? :)


April 16, 2014 3:49 PM

as someone mentioned, having Kevin on the bike is PR. remember, we've seen this movie. Elena rode the old GSVR at Indy back in 2011.

but as i said from the very beginning, this WHOLE XRH1 development is PR. as you now see, from the regular release of update vids, press releases, etc and now being at COTA, some sage Madison Avenue type has decided to "dangle the carrot 'n front the horse" (the horse in this analogy would be YOU guys) and leverage this whole thing as a marketing exercise. even if they never make it to the grid, they've succeeded at getting the masses to think and speak the name "Suzuki".

a lot of the exposure benefits, but a fraction of the cost and well, easily ZERO the risk of actually competing. no overzealous rider (unknowingly shod with a defective front) can scuttle your fancy prototype charging into T1, so long as you REFRAIN from having your fancy prototype charge into T1.

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