Another podium finish for Maverick Vinales at Phillip Island means Suzuki will now lose access to the MotoGP technical concessions.
The concessions - which allow nine instead seven engine changes, no engine development freeze and unlimited testing with race riders - last until a manufacturer achieves six concession points.
Concession points are awarded as follows; 3 points for 1st place, 2 for 2nd and 1 for 3rd - meaning Suzuki has now reached six points on Vinales' results alone:
Le Mans: 3rd = 1 point
Silverstone: 1st = 3 points
Motegi: 3rd = 1 point
Phillip Island: 3rd = 1 point
Then MotoGP rules state that once six concession points are reached, unlimited testing is immediately cancelled. The extra engine changes and exemption from the engine development freeze are then lost from the start of the following season.
Due to their past results Honda, Yamaha and Ducati already compete without any concessions. Suzuki's success means that only Aprilia and new manufacturer KTM will qualify for concessions next season.
Vinales is moving to the Factory Yamaha team in 2017.