WSBK » Denning: We couldn’t be happier with Suzuki line-up

Alex Lowes and Eugene Laverty are tipped to challenge for Suzuki's first World Superbike Championship wins since 2010.

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January 03, 2014 3:04 PM

Since the rider line up is so talented now, hopefully Suzuki give some more support to the team to help them take the fight to the Tom and Melandri.

Bit disappointed with the Cluzel and Camier departures though seemed a bit premature imo.


January 03, 2014 5:01 PM

I believe Camier has the potential to be at the front. He was in blazing form at the Phillip Island test last year then he had an accident and did not show well in the races...actually I am not sure he even competed in Phillip Island last year. I would love to see this dude given another shot but I am also happy about Alex's graduation from BSB.

Of course I also believe Eugene deserves this ride but I must say he deserved to stay at Aprilia as well. SO I am not unhappy with this team up but I am gutted Leon and Cluzel were brushed side. I hope Leon comes back or does well in MGP on PBM or that other team...forgot their name...


January 03, 2014 6:16 PM

Is Yoshimura still developing their powerplants this coming season? It seemed as if they were making progress recently, but I haven't heard whether they are still on board for 2014.


January 03, 2014 8:23 PM


Yoshimura was not involved in the engine development last year. They did the first year when Hopper and Camier were debuting but it was in house last season. "In House" is of course relative... I am not sure if they had a different third party tuner handling business or they truly did it themselves within the team (and how much help/input did they receive from the factory is always a question).

They were noticeably faster last year (2013) compared to 2012. Yoshimura are a high quality outfit so to see the drastic improvement from 2012 to 2013 (when they dropped yoshimura) leaves me to question how much factory assistance they actually had. I believe if Camier was not injured they would have shown that last year they improved alot but everything was left to Cluzel with Camier out.


January 04, 2014 12:03 PM

Joeski, Yoshimura are still involved in the Suzuki WSBK project and continue to tune the engines. Their decals can be seen on the side of the bike.

Many of the problems Suzuki faced in 2012 were related to the electronics, according to Camier, not just the engine. The bike certainly seemed faster in 2013, though that may be disguised somewhat by Honda's own electronics issues and the Ducati being uncompetitive.

Either way, if Laverty has been signed as a prelude to a MotoGP move, hopefully they'll be more willing to assist the WSBK project because I personally can't see them ever getting a better rider line-up than they currently have with the fairly minimal support they've been getting.


January 04, 2014 3:29 PM

@ booBoo123

"The two 2013 WSBK Suzukis will be ridden by Leon Camier and John Hopkins' replacement pilot Jules Cluzel. However, the Fixi Crescent team could indeed be a bit happier, as long-term partner Yoshimura has announced they will not be building the race engines. With even less support from Suzuki Motor Co., it looks like it's up to Fixi to mend, fix and ultimately build their own engines.

Please see story... ***

The above was announced on crash as well. The Yohimura logo you saw was possibly due to their exhaust system being use on the bike or smply some limited frm of support.


January 04, 2014 6:00 PM

re: "Yoshimura are a high quality outfit so to see the drastic improvement from 2012 to 2013 (when they dropped yoshimura) leaves me to question how much factory assistance they actually had."

correct, all that was likely just a branding exercise at best.

if and when Yosh is TRULY involved with something, there's no such thing as "engine development or "a search for power". such phrases simply aren't in the vocabulary.

if there's something that Pop's old firm DOESN'T know about building an engine...? one can safely conclude it's because it isn't worth knowing.

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