After finishing 12th and 17th in Sunday's Aragon MotoGP, Suzuki returned to the circuit to complete its final private testing of the 2017 season.

Favourable weather allowed two days of extensive track time for both Andrea Iannone and rookie Alex Rins, who focused on testing new parts for the 2018 season, in particular a new chassis.

The pair also tested settings ahead of the flyaway rounds, with Iannone completing a total of 170 laps and 142 for Rins. No lap times were released.

“We’re satisfied by these two days because it is important to find some time, away from the pressure, to get back to some things we´ve previously tried, and also to try new improvements," said team manager Davide Brivio.

"The weather in Aragon complied perfectly so that we could test new configurations to be used within the remaining portion of this season, and also test some new pieces for the 2018 machine that we would like to have ready for the Valencia test in November.

"We would like to test the first new 2018 configuration there. It will not be a brand new bike but an evolution of the current GSX-RR. Here in Aragon we did our first testing on some new things and we were able to give important feedback to engineers.

"I’d say we’ve worked with one eye on the end of this season and the other towards next year. Of course, these tests are also incredibly important for the riders; Alex is gaining more and more riding experience and Andrea is improving the feeling with the bike.”

Suzuki has endured a miserable season, relative to its 2016 standards with Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro. A race win last year compares with a best of seventh this year, while last year's 155 constructors' points has shrunk to just 64 at the same stage this season.

Unsurprisingly, some in the team feel there is little to lose by testing 2018 parts during the remaining four rounds, which starts with the factory's home race at Motegi, Japan, on October 15.


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sign Johnny. Rea,  he w I'll win races on the bike

Johnny Rea is dominating WSBK because he is the best rider on the best bike, in MotoGP on a Suzuki he would be a good rider on a decent bike.  He would not win races with the current package.

I really doubt that Rea is better than Rins or faster than Iannone. Maybe on par with more experience in MotoGP, but not race winning on a bike that can't get on the podium

I agree with Brains. Jonny Rea is a bit special, an amazing talent. He will sew up his third consecutive WSBK championship in two days from now; a feat that no other rider has achieved. At Suzuki he would quickly and methodically settle in, the way that he does. He is capable of riding over the limit in the same way that MM does and he still has a lot of fire and determination.

WSBK doesn't have the same level playing field Motogp I think Rae would be good but not brilliant. He'd certainly be an improvment on what Ianone has done this year but up against Rossi,Dovi, Pedrosa, Mraquez.... not a chance! Even cal would spit him out. Rae has the good sense to stay where he can look good, but lets see where WSBK goes next year when that playing field is leveled with a standard ECU. 

Jonathan Really isn't be anything special on a Motogp bike. He didn't do anything of note when he got put on a Repsol Honda to replace an injured Stoner in 2012, he was a second a lap slower than Pedrosa, so I don't see how he would suddenly be amazing when factories have less of an advantage now than they did back then. He has a machine advantage and is up against  a weak field in WSBK currently which makes him look better than he is, but put him on any Motogp and he would just be another midfield rider like he was in 2012.

Suzuki droped the ball when they let Aleix Espargaro go. Instead of keeping the guy who started program, now you have one rookie who's learning MotoGP and a guy who is still adopting to the bike.  Deveoplement took a nose dive and it shows.

BTW,  the new website looks nice but the comment section sucks. where is the like/no like button?  and why is the full article is shown again when I go to the next comment page?

WEI is right on the Suzuki riders

Jonathan Rea? You mean BRADLEY RAY! And he's already on a Suzuki. Joshing aside, well said WEI328 about the website. Two very irritating issues and surely a quick, easy fix.