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Denning optimistic over Suzuki’s return to MotoGP

“They said the bike is beautifully put together. It's a prototype race bike [and] not a prototype of the race bike. It really looks like the finished article, very neat, really tidy, and nice to work on” – Paul Denning.
Former Suzuki MotoGP team boss Paul Denning has heard positive comments about the factory's new grand prix machine, which will make its public debut in Monday's Barcelona test.

However Denning warns that the task of running with Honda and Yamaha at the front of the MotoGP field remains a “big, big ask.”

Suzuki will make a welcome return to the grand prix paddock when they unveil their new 1000cc prototype, believed to feature an inline four-cylinder engine, with Randy de Puniet on board at Monday's official test at the Montmeló circuit.

Denning was involved in running the factory team from 2005 to the close of 2011, when Suzuki withdrew from MotoGP citing the financial crisis.

Although Denning is now working in the World Superbike paddock - running Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel in his FIXI Crescent Suzuki team - the Englishman has also been in contact with Suzuki regarding certain aspects of the grand prix project.

“I'm not directly involved in the project at all but I've helped Suzuki with recommending certain key personnel that were with the project before and are there now,” Denning told Crash.net at last weekend's Portimao WSBK round.

“They said the bike is beautifully put together. It's a prototype race bike [and] not a prototype of the race bike. It really looks like the finished article, very neat, really tidy, and nice to work on.

“I don't know what the lap time was from Motegi as everyone's been very professional but there were lots of smiley faces and the bike as a starting point doesn't look so bad.”

de Puniet flew to Japan to test the prototype at Honda's Motegi circuit between the French and Italian MotoGP rounds, completing around 100 laps over two days.





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De Angelis`s bike stops in the middle of the track after crashing at turn 11, German Moto2 Race 2014
De Angelis`s bike stops in the middle of the track after crashing at turn 11, German Moto2 Race 2014
De Angelis`s bike stops in the middle of the track after crashing at turn 11, German Moto2 Race 2014
De Angelis`s bike stops in the middle of the track after crashing at turn 11, German Moto2 Race 2014
De Angelis`s bike stops in the middle of the track after crashing at turn 11, German Moto2 Race 2014
De Angelis`s bike stops in the middle of the track after crashing at turn 11, German Moto2 Race 2014
De Angelis`s bike stops in the middle of the track after crashing at turn 11, German Moto2 Race 2014
De Angelis`s bike stops in the middle of the track after crashing at turn 11, German Moto2 Race 2014
De Angelis`s bike stops in the middle of the track after crashing at turn 11, German Moto2 Race 2014

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