Honda's domination of the 2010 Isle of Man TT, which saw it claim victory in all five solo races and both sidecar competitions, overshadowed what should have been celebrations for Suzuki, markings its 50th year of international racing.
Suzuki's leading team, TAS Racing, managed two podium finishes from the five solo races and team boss Philip Neill admitted it had been a rollercoaster TT. He explained set-up problems had held the team back, but said they should still be proud of two podiums.
“It has been a rollercoaster TT for the whole team, but as I said earlier in the week, we have been coming here long enough to understand the pitfalls.”
“We struggled with set-up this TT, and when riders start to swap back and forward trying to find the perfect set-up it doesn't help their confidence.”
“In saying that, we have come away with podiums in the two main races, again demonstrating the pedigree of the GSX-R1000 Superbike, and I have to say I'm proud of the effort from both riders.”
Australian Cameron Donald got the event off to a reasonable start with third in the opening Superbike race, but his TT ended on a sour note when he retired from the Senior race. His misery was compounded when the race was red flagged and despite getting a second chance, Donald's bike failed again.
The Senior TT went better for teammate Bruce Anstey. Although he retired from the original race, the New Zealand racer got a second chance when Guy Martin's crash brought out the red flag on lap three.
The race was restarted and run over four laps, giving Anstey a second chance. Unlike his teammate, Anstey's Suzuki held together and he put in his best ride of the week to secure third, and the 20th podium of his TT career.
“I got a second chance and grabbed it with both hands. I'm happy for the team who have worked hard all week making many changes to the bikes for me; I'm also delighted for Suzuki who are here celebrating 50 years of racing and I think we proved – like Cameron did in the Superbike TT – that the GSX-R1000 Superbike is a strong and reliable machine.”