Suzuki's new era as a single rider MotoGP team ended with a promising seventh place, out of 17 riders, at the two-day Valencia test.
2010 rookie Alvaro Bautista took almost a second off his previous best lap-time from both the race weekend and the first day of testing, as he moved to just over half-of-a-second off the quickest time of the day., set by Casey Stoner (Honda).
The Spaniard tested various chassis configurations and several settings, along with evaluating new bodywork for the Suzuki GSV-R and numerous other parts in a thorough and comprehensive test programme.
“Today has been another good day because after testing the new forks yesterday and getting a good base setting, I was able to go straight out and improve my lap-time," said Bautista. "We continued through the day to test other stuff and I tried a new frame with new specifications, and I quickly felt it was much better than the old one. That means that we have made a step forward and with it I was able to do my best time.
"At the end of the day I tested some new compound Bridgestone tyres, there were three different styles, but I didn't feel much difference between them all. I am happy because the whole crew has done a good job today and I want to say thank-you to Suzuki because I think we made steps forward at this test and with the data from here I hope they can bring me some more new and better stuff from Japan for the test in February.”
“It has been a very positive end to what has been a difficult season," said team manager Paul Denning. "We found a decent step forward yesterday compared to the race weekend and took more steps forward today.
"We have found something, based on today's data at least, that may help Álvaro get the best out of the GSV-R on new tyres, which has been a weak point for us this year both in qualifying and in the first few laps of the races.
"We all know that he is a race-day guy and not a testing guy and that he always finds additional performance in the races themselves. So, for him to end up in seventh place and only 0.6 seconds from the fastest rider is a very positive result.
“Thanks to everyone involved with the team throughout 2010, hopefully today's test will enable the Factory to have some interesting material prepared for the test in February and we can continue to take the next step forward.”