Rizla Suzuki has launched the bike it hopes will revive its fortunes in MotoGP, despite slimming down to just a single entry for 2011.

The manufacturer will prepare just a single GSV-R for Alvaro Bautista this season in what will be the final year for the 800cc machines, with Suzuki hoping it can defy its small numbers by getting amongst the front runners.

The bike itself, which is once again singled out by its distinctive Rizla-emblazoned blue and yellow livery, is a heavily updated offering, with improvements in horsepower, driveability and durability, as well as acceleration characteristics to assist out of slower corners.

To compliment the upgraded engine specifications, Suzuki's factory engineers have also improved the chassis performance by significant developments to the stiffness balance of frame and swing-arm and have optimised the weight balance geometries from last season's machine.

Though Suzuki's future in MotoGP was called into doubt last season, it eventually agreed to submit a single entry for Bautista, who was praised for making notable gains throughout his debut campaign in the category last year.

Seemingly benefitting from having the team concentrate solely on him, the Spaniard has shown consistent top ten form during testing so far.



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