Suzuki MotoGP team principal Paul Denning admits that the team won't be chasing lap times at the upcoming Sepang test, with the main focus for the session being to work on improving weaknesses in the GSV-R prototype.
Alvaro Bautista and test rider Nobuatsu Aoki carried out a three-day test at Estoril back in November with the 2009 machine as the team garnered information for its 2010 bike, with intensive work having been carried out since to make the bike as competitive as possible for Bautista and Loris Capirossi for the season ahead.
The Sepang test will see Suzuki run a series of new chassis developments and one new design frame, with Denning admitted the focus of the session would be on improving the new machine.
“I don't think we'll be concentrating on trying the set the world alight in terms of lap times at Sepang,” he told the official MotoGP website. “It's more about working on the bike's weaknesses and making it more adaptable, and also to different conditions and lower temperatures. How much we'll be able to do of that at Sepang is difficult to say, but the Suzuki factory did a lot of work before the Estoril test and that's provided very good direction, because it was very cold there and we managed to get over some of the problems we'd had.
“Fingers crossed the developments will be in the right direction, but it will be the first time we'll see the 2010 bike. We know what's going into it in terms of development, but how that will all come together we'll just have to wait and see when the guys ride it in February.”
Denning also revealed that Suzuki will run a special logo on its bikes during 2010 to mark the 50th anniversary of the marques racing activities.