Suzuki - WSBK 2011 Preview

The start of the 2011 World Superbike and Supersport season is just days away, so weighs up the contenders manufacturer-by-manufacturer.
It was a three-time race winner and title contender in the hands of Leon Haslam only last year, but those high points already seem a distant memory when you look at Suzuki's meagre presence on the 2011 World Superbike grid.

Indeed, as successful as its 2010 title bid almost was, Suzuki apparent 'lack of interest' (for interest, read funding) drew sharp criticism from many, not least Francis Batta's Alstare team, who were noble enough to release Haslam from his contract to aid his career despite not being obligated to do so.

Even so, Suzuki and Alstare head into the 2011 season in partnership once more, though the WSBK programme will ape MotoGP in entering just a single GSX-R1000. As such, out goes Haslam and Sylvain Guintoli and in comes Michel Fabrizio.

With financial help from Infront rumoured to be keeping both Suzuki and Fabrizio in the series, while the current set-up is a shadow of its 2005 title-winning self, we should at least be thankful that the marque is still operation in any capacity.

While the smaller garage is hard to ignore, Fabrizio and Suzuki are still capable of challenging at the front this year, The GSX-R1000 is a proven package and – on his day – Fabrizio is a reckoned force too.

It remains to be seen whether he will thrive as a Suzuki soloist, but then it only takes one man to win a race…

Related Pictures

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Fabrizio, Australian WSBK Test 21-22 Feb 2011
Fabrizio, Australian WSBK Test 21-22 Feb 2011
Fabrizio, Australian WSBK Test 21-22 Feb 2011
Fabrizio, Australian WSBK Test 21-22 Feb 2011
Fabrizio, Australian WSBK Test 21-22 Feb 2011
Haslam in the gravel, WSBK race 2, Assen 2015
Haslam, WSBK race2, Assen 2015
Haslam, WSBK race2, Assen 2015
Haslam, WSBK race1, Assen 2015
Haslam and vd Mark, WSBK race1, Assen 2015
Crashed Suzuki bikes, WSBK race1, Assen 2015
Haslam, WSBK race1, Assen 2015
Haslam, Assen WSBK 2015
Haslam, Assen WSBK 2015
Haslam dash board, Assen WSBK 2015
Jonathan Rea, Sykes, Biaggi and Haslam in parc ferme for qualifying, Assen WSBK 2015
Jonathan Rea, Sykes and Haslam in parc ferme for qualifying, Assen WSBK 2015
Haslam, Assen WSBK 2015

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p-dizzle - Unregistered

February 22, 2011 10:03 PM

I love my GSXR-750 and feel it to be the best bike I've ever ridden... That being said, Suzuki should be EMBARRASED with their level of competiveness... If I didn't know much about bikes and was in the market for one I would def not consider them based off their pathetic results. One bike in motogp and what amounts to basically a satelite team in WSBK.. I have more respect for Kawasaki cus at least they're giving a full effort on the WSBK front... Robert Sr. and Schwantz should both fly out to Japan and tell them never to use their likeness again with their brand.

Hotastotus - Unregistered

February 22, 2011 10:30 PM

Some people need to get over the idea that racing really means that much to any road bike anymore. Suzuki don't put the resources in because (a) they don't have them and (b) it's no big deal as it has become almost completely meaningless to the road bikes. As in the past Suzuki may leave racing and come back....and win championships. But it doesn't really make a lot of difference to their road bike range (which, fanboy marque boosting aside, is easily the equal of anyone elses).

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