Suzuki Alstare Brux have revealed they are beginning to focus their attentions on the 2010 World Superbike Championship season following a difficult first half to 2009.
Starting the year with an entirely new bike and a trimmed rider line-up, Suzuki began well at the Phillip Island season opener, Max Neukirchner and Yukio Kagayama standing on the podium for the first race.
However, their success had been limited to flashes of speed from there on in before lead rider Neukirchner was sidelined from action with a broken leg in an accident at Monza. Furthermore, Kagayama has since suffered a broken ankle himself after a fall last time out at Miller Motorsports Park.
It means at the mid-way point in the season, Suzuki's two riders are classified 12th and 13th in the standings, while the manufacturer is currently fifth in the constructor table.
As such, Suzuki Alstare Brux technical director Giacomo Guidotti says the team feel compelled to look to 2010 now.
“To all intents and purposes we lost our number one rider, in a season in which we started with a new bike and his indications for its development were very important. But that's racing and now we're trying hard not to throw away the rest of the season by working already for 2010".
“We are working in close contact with Suzuki in Japan, where they are carrying out various tests to try and improve the weak points of the bike that emerged this year. Basically this means improve traction on exit to curves and find a way to get the best out of Pirelli's medium-hard tyres.
“Regarding the latter, we're starting to try out some modifications to the suspension but also to the electronics and engine power delivery. The aim is to be able to make an appraisal of the changes on the track in the final part of this season.”
Meanwhile, Neukirchner will be examined by Clinica Mobile during the upcoming WSBK round at Misano with a view to getting back in competition before the end of the season.