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New parts for Suzuki.

Having chosen to save the limited mileage available with the latest GSV-R engine for the forthcoming Assen round, Rizla Suzuki switched to chassis and fairing developments during Monday's Catalunya test.

Loris Capirossi was seen on track with an experimental fairing on his bike (pictured) and the Italian - who set the fifth fastest test lap - also revealed that a new chassis had been used.

“We had a full day in which to develop the bike, and we used it to try a different chassis and a different cowling,” the official MotoGP website reports Capirossi as saying.

But the GSV-R's biggest weakness still appears to be power output, something the latest engine developments partially address.

“As regards the engine, we are still at the stage where we can use either the old one or the new one,” said Loris, who took the new engine to fifth place in Sunday's race.

“It's maybe a little more powerful, but the main thing is the character. It makes the bike easier to ride. We can say that it's a step forward, but we need a bigger one.

“Luckily we don't need a really strong engine for Assen, so maybe there we will be competitive also,” he added.

Team-mate Chris Vermeulen was eleventh in the race and eighth at the test.

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Gotta Laugh! - Unregistered

June 18, 2009 1:31 AM

LOL @TheMorgue! "Looks like a Kawasaki!" Errr, I guess so, I 'spose they ARE both black. Very technical assessment from the renowned MotoGP expert of this site! Funniest comment yet, keep it up.

G.O.M. - Unregistered

June 17, 2009 10:59 PM

Looks like a Kawasaki? If you saw the 2 bikes together you'd realize how far out that comment is! The Suzuki looks nothing like the Kawasaki and performs better! As for disco's comment: " One thing I don't understand is how is the GSV-R underpowered and under performing? The GSX-R in AMA has won the championship).Come on fella! the slowest worst performing MotoGP bike would wipe the floor with any AMA or WSBK machine! If you ever get the chance to see them on the same track, (I have, Mat Mladin was the superbike pilot and it was embarassing how easily the MotoGP bikes passed him on acceleration top-speed or braking! These prototypes are so special it's mad to compare them to any Superbike!

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