Suzuki are to give their hybrid 2009-specification machine a race debut at the Malaysian Grand Prix in the hands of test rider Nobuatsu Aoki.
This will be the fifth time this season that the Rizla team have entered a third bike alongside Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen, with experienced competitor Aoki getting the go-ahead for the penultimate round of the championship.
He will be testing a bike equipped with several parts that are due to be included on the 2009-specificastion GSV-R, with the scenario of a race weekend expected to give it an important real-world test.
“I can't wait to get to Malaysia; I'm very excited about racing at Sepang and working with Loris and Chris. This is my first race of the year and I enjoy the track as I have done hundreds of laps there in testing.
“It will be a very important weekend for me because I will be using many new parts that we hope will work well and the other guys can start to use as soon as possible.”