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MotoGP Australia: Espargaro 'New Suzuki, seamless in February'

"I think it's better to wait and receive a complete new bike" - Aleix Espargaro
Aleix Espargaro expects Suzuki's seamless gearbox to arrive as part of a 'complete new bike' for February's Sepang MotoGP test.

Suzuki are now the only manufacturer without a seamless gearbox and initially hoped to debut the technology during this season.

“I think we will finish the season as we started more-or-less at the first race,” Espargaro said at Phillip Island on Thursday, when asked if he would be getting any upgrades in the remaining rounds.

“They were working really hard on the seamless transmission, but it will not arrive this year and I think they are focused on the new engine, new seamless and new frame for the 2016 bike.

“I think it's better to wait and receive a complete new bike.”

Espargaro confirmed that this new bike will not be ready for November's post-season test at Valencia.

“No I don't think so,” he said. “They are trying to bring the bike for the Malaysia test [in February]. We need a new engine with a lot more power, we need a seamless transmission up and down, so there is a lot of work in front of us.”

With no major new parts expected, the Spaniard - who put Suzuki on pole for his home round in Catalunya and is currently eleventh in the world championship - plans to spend the Valencia test adapting his GSX-RR to the new Michelin tyres.

“It will be the first full test with the Michelin 2016 tyres so I think we will have enough work to set-up the bike, because for me at the last Michelin test we just focussed on trying the Michelin tyres on, let's say, a 'Bridgestone bike'," Espargaro said.

“We will have to work a lot, we have to move a lot the weight to change the balance of the bike for Michelin.”

Rookie team-mate Maverick Vinales is seven points behind Espargaro in the world championship heading into this weekend's Australian round.

Tagged as: Suzuki , Espargaro , seamless

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October 15, 2015 2:31 PM

Yeah right, Because Aprilia have had a pole position this year and are regularly in Q2 for qualifying.....?!?!?! Suzuki have exceeded a lot of peoples expectations this year considering they have been out for 3 years, and I think there will be a big step forward for next year.........


October 15, 2015 9:01 AM

It's a shame suzuki coudn't follow schedule and delayed all their developments for next year. Would have been interesting to to see the level of Aleix and Maverick on more competitive package. Lack of development has plagued suzuki in all it's years in motogp. Doesn't look promising as the trend seems likely to continue.

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