Interview with Paul Denning

A team generated Q&A with Crescent Suzuki boss Paul Denning, ahead of the team's debut season in WSBK with John Hopkins and Leon Camier...
Denning, owner of the BSB-winning Crescent team, was also manager of the Suzuki MotoGP team from 2005 until the end of 2011, when the factory announced a 'suspension' of its grand prix activities...

What are your initial thoughts about the World Superbike Championship and what are your feelings about the level of competition?

Paul Denning:
"The series looks very interesting for 2012 and even with Yamaha's withdrawal, the level of manufacturer representation is very positive - Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki, Ducati, BMW and Aprilia all have strong teams, whether "factory" or privately operated and all have very fast riders.

"The combination of the Pirelli tyres and Superbike specification machine is an "easier" package to access the limits of performance compared to the MotoGP bikes and therefore more riders can battle for the top positions.

"I say that with complete respect to all the riders in SBK, who fight like animals to win, but the Superbike specification bikes generally permit closer racing and different riders going for the podium week-to-week which is great for the fans.

"In Superbike, the rider can still make the difference. That said - the highest quality riders, bikes and teams are the ones who always end up battling for the title and we hope to be amongst them!"

How much difference is there between your GSX-R1000 in BSB and WSBK?

Paul Denning:
"The 2012 GSX-R will look pretty much the same but very few components will be shared - the whole bike has been seriously updated.

"Yoshimura is working very hard on the motor and we are sharing a lot of development ideas together; the suspension and brakes are all new, the Motec electronics package is updated and every single detail on the GSX-R is being carefully considered.

"The Suzuki is a great all-round package - we have to make sure we allow the riders to use 100% of the bike's abilities by refining the GSX-R to be as good as it can be."

Who are your main competitors in 2012?

Paul Denning:

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Realtor - Unregistered

January 03, 2012 11:25 AM

another private team like Ten it!! i hope the non-factory teams have a great season and stick it to the top dollar teams....especially BMW . (sorry BMW fans!) GO TEN KATE AND REA!!!2012

Mr Logic - Unregistered

January 03, 2012 11:04 AM

Not a great suzuki man myself but must admit Paul Denning seems very positive.But he does have a long haul this year. As of the Hopper mabey he's the secret weapon.If he fights as hard as he did at B S B there's a possable top end finnish. Leon Camier.Well we will just have to see.There is potential and he has good track experience. SO GOOD LUCK TO THE ROOKIE TEAM FOR 2012

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