With wild-card John Hopkins injured in practice for the Czech Republic Grand Prix, then regular rider Alvaro Bautista crashing out of seventh in the race, the Brno event ended without points for Rizla Suzuki.
But team manager Paul Denning highlighted some race statistics that he believes show the real potential of the GSV-R.
“Alvaro crashed with six laps to go, that's the reality and we are sorry to all our sponsors, fans and friends of the team," said Denning. "However, the race statistics do show more of the potential:
"We started 14th and we were 10th at the end of lap one, and seventh at the end of lap four. The only place gifted to us was Dani's crash.
"Alvaro's average lap-time until the crash was faster than Jorge, Ben, and Valentino, and was 0.2 from Andrea and Marco, despite the traffic caused by the starting position.
"Alvaro's average lap-time was 1.8 seconds faster per lap than 2010.
"On laps 8,9,10 and 12 Álvaro was the second fastest rider on the track, and was the third fastest on lap 11.
"Before the crash, Álvaro was only three seconds back from P2.
"Alvaro's best top speed over the weekend was fourth fastest at 298.3km/h, only 2.7km/h slower than the best.
“Thanks again to John for his professionalism at Brno, and to Suzuki, Rizla and Fixi for helping us to give him the opportunity.
"As for Alvaro – what a fantastic effort, but we have to qualify better and finish the races, and make use of the obvious potential that he and the Rizla Suzuki have.”
Suzuki is yet to commit to MotoGP in 2012 and, while a 1000cc project looks unlikely, the team - world champions in 2000 – could continue to use its 800cc bike next season.