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Suzuki continuing 1000cc project

“The plan is still for Suzuki to return to MotoGP in 2014” – Nobuatsu Aoki.
Suzuki factory test rider and former MotoGP racer Nobuatsu Aoki made a brief visit to the Sepang media centre on Thursday morning.

Last November Suzuki announced a temporary suspension of its participation in MotoGP, due to the financial crisis, with the intention of returning in 2014. spoke to Aoki to get an update on Suzuki's grand prix plans.

“The Suzuki 1000cc project is still under development. We are just lacking some budget to race,” said Aoki.

When was the last time you rode the 1000?

“Last week. The bike is completely new, relative to the 800c so there are many small things to fix. But we have time.

“The plan is still for Suzuki to return to MotoGP in 2014.”

Suzuki's withdraw means that Honda, Yamaha and Ducati are the only remaining manufacturers for the first year of 1000cc racing, although a new class of privateer Claiming Rule Teams are set to boost grid numbers from 17 to 21.

Aoki was a full time premier-class rider from 1997-2004 with Honda, Suzuki and then Proton KR. He claimed four podiums.

In attention to his Suzuki development duties, the 40-year-old now helps a range of up-and-coming riders, aged between 5 and 14. Aoki was showing one of these young racers around the media room.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Ducati , Suzuki , Sepang , 1000cc , Aoki

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carboncanyon - Unregistered

February 02, 2012 5:42 AM

@stupid suzuki Are you kidding me? R&D takes time... it doesn't happen overnight. It's easier and I bet cheaper to keep developing it now rather than stopping and scrambling to catch up later. You can't just throw money and resources and pray it will work out. I think this is a great sign of Suzuki's commitment to MotoGP in spite of their financial struggles.

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