Eugene Laverty has completed his first outing on Suzuki's MotoGP bike with a three-hour test stint at Okayama, Japan.
Laverty, currently racing with Voltcom Crescent Suzuki in the World Superbike Championship, got his first taste of Suzuki's new inline four-cylinder machine during a private test outing in Japan, the Irishman given the chance to get acquainted on the bike prior to a planned longer outing at Phillip Island.
A memorable moment for the 2013 WSBK runner-up, speaking to Crash.net
following the test Laverty says it didn't take long for him to get up to speed, even if he found acclimatising to the Bridgestone tyres and carbon brakes the most demanding challenge.
“It was a fantastic experience,” he said. “The riding position is very different to what I am used to, so it was very unusual for the first few laps until I was able to get up to speed..
“At the end we did go for a bit of a time. The big surprise was the Bridgestone tyres and the carbon brakes. We tried the soft Bridgestone tyres first but there was a bit too much movement and then we tried the medium Bridgestone tyres and there was still too much movement. However, we didn't have anything harder.
“So that was the biggest shock for me and also the brakes because they were the contrary of what I expected, but it was good fun.”
Laverty will now head out to Australia to join development rider Randy de Puniet for a three-day test at Phillip Island.
Suzuki returns to the premier MotoGP class next season after an absence of four years.