The Suzuki MotoGP team is to run a special livery at the Sachsenring this weekend, to celebrate the 30-year history of the GSX-R sport bike.
'The two GSX-RRs ridden by Aleix Espargarò and Maverick Viñales will have a special-edition livery that will pay tribute to the white and blue colour scheme that was made famous by the many AMA wins of the original machine's famous rider Kevin Schwantz,' said a team statement.
“In this race we will debut a special livery that pays tribute to the old racing glories of Suzuki and this will make the event pretty emotional for me,” said Espargaro.
Rookie Vinales added: “I'm very excited to show the special edition livery that we will present on Thursday, it will be interesting to ride the most up-to-date racing bike dressed with colours from Suzuki's glorious past.”
Livery aside, both riders have good reason to look forward to the tight and twisty Sachsenring, which places a greater emphasis on handling rather than engine power.
"Sachsenring is a very tight track and not so fast, which could be positive for our GSX-RR because handling and cornering will be crucial, and we have very effective machines on this side of the performance envelope," confirmed Espargaro, on pole for Suzuki in Catalunya.
With three non-scores dropping the experienced Espargaro to twelfth in the standings, it is Vinales who presently leads the Suzuki challenge in ninth. The impressive young Spaniard has also claimed the GSX-RRs best race result of sixth, at Catalunya, where he qualified second to his team-mate.
“We are approaching the mid-part of the Championship and I feel very positive about the results we've had so far," Vinales said. "Also in Assen, even if we struggled a little more we could finally be effective in qualifying and get some important points in the race.
"We definitely need to find the best way to approach qualifying in order to have the best position on the grid we can, which is so important because of the high level of the competition. The German track is very slow, this should be good for our chassis and I feel we will be able to be very competitive."