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MotoGP: Andrea Iannone, Alex Rins unwrap 2017 Suzuki

Suzuki's new MotoGP line-up of Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins unveil 2017 GSX-RR at team launch in Malaysia.
Suzuki's all new MotoGP line-up of race winner Andrea Iannone and rookie Alex Rins unveiled the 2017 GSX-RR at Sepang on Sunday.

The factory has decided to reboot its MotoGP project, just two seasons after its grand prix return, following the loss of star rider Maverick Vinales.

Vinales gave Suzuki its first MotoGP win since 2007 last season on his way to fourth in the world championship, but the temptation to ride the multi-title winning factory Yamaha proved too great to resist.

In response, Suzuki moved quickly to sign Andrea Iannone when it became clear that the Italian would make way for Jorge Lorenzo at Ducati. Iannone later took his first MotoGP win in Austria, also Ducati's first since 2010.

“I'm really happy to start this new adventure!" Iannone said. "Suzuki for me has always been an icon of motorcycle racing and I hope to gain the affection of fans and enthusiasts as the great riders who have been part of the history of this great team! The coming season is a big challenge, but at the same a huge motivation for me after some years riding for the same brand.

"This change of direction in my career is so stimulating and I'm eager to return Suzuki with all the interest and affection they have demonstrated to me. I look forward to kicking-off the new season with the new blue colors and do my best to try to achieve the best results possible for the team!”

Moto2 star Rins, seen as a potential young gun to follow in Vinales' footsteps, later completed the Suzuki line-up. That meant no room for Aleix Espargaro, who like Vinales had been at the team since its 2015 return, although Espargaro's exit was effectively sealed when Iannone signed.

While Iannone made a typically aggressive debut for Suzuki at Valencia in November, Rins was hospitalised by back injuries on day two and was forced to miss a private test at Jerez.

“The main objective of any rider in the world is to reach the MotoGP category because it is the maximum expression of motorcycling," Rins said. "Then doing it with the hand of Suzuki is the best way I could ever have imagined.

"The team is amazing at the very first sight and the treatment they have given me since the first minute is fantastic. The bike is awesome as well so I am very pleased, very motivated and very grateful to Suzuki for the trust placed in me. It's going to be a fantastic year in which we will learn a lot and that's our main goal from the beginning.

"The Valencia accident was a setback in our plans, but we are working very hard to counteract it. I'm looking forward to getting back on my Suzuki GSX-RR and meeting my new 'family' in the box."

The latest GSX-RR features the now familiar blue and yellow colour scheme, with main branding from in-house oil Ecstar.

Technically, the new bike is described as an evolution of the capable 2016 machine, with revisions made to the engine, chassis and especially electronics. Due to the four podiums by Vinales, Suzuki is no longer eligible for concessions, meaning less engine changes, private testing and no in-season engine development.

As is the case most other factories, Suzuki is yet to finalise its 2017 fairing, which can no longer feature aerodynamic winglets.

Iannone and Rins will ride in their new colours when the official Sepang test gets underway tomorrow morning.

REVEALED: 2017 Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP bike by Crash_net

Tagged as: Suzuki , Iannone , Rins

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