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Suzuki concludes Phillip Island MotoGP test

5 June 2014

The Suzuki MotoGP team concluded a private three-day test at Phillip Island today (Thursday).

Development rider Randy de Puniet was joined by WSBK star Eugene Laverty for the opening two days at the Australian Grand Prix circuit.

Unfortunately for the pair, rain and less-than-perfect track conditions blighted the test, when Suzuki had planned to fully-evaluate various Bridgestone tyre compounds, plus latest parts and settings for its new inline four-cylinder.

Laverty, a winner at this year's Phillip Island WSBK round, suffered a fall early on the first day due to the slippery and damp conditions.

However the Irishman was able to complete 37 laps yesterday (Wednesday) despite the inclement weather and large amount of geese on the circuit obstructing every session.

de Puniet also fell at turn one, then again while avoiding a goose that had strayed onto the circuit.

“Overall we were slightly luckier than in Argentina as at least we could test for more than two hours, but we had to wait most of the time for the track to dry out," said de Puniet, who managed 36 laps on two of the days.

“The track conditions weren't ideal though because of the low temperatures and also it was the first time for this new Suzuki bike here and we needed to make some adjustments.

“We also tested some Bridgestone tyres for the next GP here and also some suspension balance settings. On the electronics-side I found the new traction control strategies very good and it was a step forward for us.”

Suzuki, returning to MotoGP in 2015, did not release any lap times from the test.


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