Suzuki Press Release: Randy De Puniet Completes Misano Testing

Suzuki stayed on for two extra days of testing at Misano after the official MotoGP test had finished, and though they lost the second day to rain, the third day of testing proved productive. Randy De Puniet posted a lap of 1'34.882, under a second off the fastest lap set in Sunday's race at the Italian circuit. The Japanese factory now moves on to Mugello for further testing next week. Suzuki issued the following press release after testing at Misano was completed:


Team Suzuki Press Office - September 18.

The Suzuki MotoGP Test Team has completed three-days of extensive testing at the Misano circuit in Italy on a positive note today after evaluating several new factory parts that included a new chassis, new engine-specifications and revised electronics, plus a new-styled cowling.

Test riders Randy De Puniet and Nobuatsu Aoki put in more-than 200 laps of the 4,064km circuit in the Provence of Rimini, trying-out improved settings and finding new direction to move-on to the next test at Mugello next week.

The new engine specifications, revised for more torque - and coupled with new electronics for better traction control and engine braking - were tested. The new chassis, that was elected by the Team to further develop at last month's Motegi Test in Japan, was also evaluated and developed further along with a new-style cowling designed for a better overall top speed.

The Suzuki MotoGP Test Team initially encountered some issues due to low rear-grip and braking, but over the duration of the test - that saw track temperatures fluctuate between 22-37 Degrees and in both wet and dry conditions - much-needed data was acquired and the team is very positive moving-on to Mugello next week.

De Puniet's best lap time on the opening day was a 1'35"097 after completing 74 laps. After a wet Tuesday - when De Puniet did not go out and testing was deputised to long-standing Suzuki Factory Test Rider Aoki - this improved to a 1'34"882 today after 102 laps and many of the revisions employed by the team.

Said De Puniet: "I'm pleased because we have improved our bike throughout this test. The rear-grip has improved and so has the braking stability. We also worked a lot on traction control to adjust to the new engine specifications and I found a better throttle connection and improvement. We also kept a good pace with used tyres, which is very important, and we have also greatly-improved the turning by the end of the test.

"Now it is important to go to Mugello, where we can continue to work on any weak points and try to improve there as well. I'm interested to see how the 'wheeling control and engine brake' will work there as there are few interesting points for that, but having the Mugello test so close, it keeps up in the pace and momentum with the Suzuki MotoGP Test Team programme and development."

Suzuki MotoGP Test Team Manager Davide Brivio said: "It has been an intensive three-day test, but I think we have done a good job. This is the first round of our 'Italian Testing Campaign' which includes Mugello next week. We have had a chance to visit another new circuit for our machine and we can continue to get good information for our development. It is very positive that the new items that arrived from Japan have all had positive points and benefits. During these days we have made positive improvements on settings; and especially in the electronics area, which will drive our future development. Randy made many laps on the last day and this was very important to make progress. We now look forward to next week's Mugello test on September 24th and 25th to work on any further issues and find further solutions."

Suzuki MotoGP Project Leader Satoru Terada said: "We tested many different items here in Misano, such as the new frame we selected in Japan, the new engine spec; and the new cowling. In all the areas we have seen some small improvements and this is very positive. We have also found some good direction on the engine management system. We know we have a lot of work to do but we have collected some good information for our next steps."


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Given what each says about testing the differing electronic controlled functions, I assume they are using the magneti marelli spec ECU? If this is so, then the lap times seem better than I first thought.

Are MM still working hard on updating and improving the hardware/software?

David mention in an article on Tuesday that "Suzuki are still using their proprietary Mitsubishi ECU hardware" A five or six day testing schedule in Italy with an ECU that they will not be using long term seems a bit like a missed opportunity. Unless of course the research has already done (read that somewhere here a while back) with the MM ECU indicates that porting the software is not be to difficult.

Had managed to miss that round up. The reason I was asking is exactly what people, particularly Morbidelli were getting at. Clearly, I do not understand programming at this level but it did surprise that they are still working with the Mitsubishi. My inclination is that you build a bike to the rules then test. Instead they seem to be building a bike to old rules then trying to adapt. To the layman, or this one, this seems odd.

They are still using Mitsubishi electronics, to stick to what they know until they get to a competitive level. I do hope they, and Aprilia, go with the spec ECU and software, to use more fuel and engines than Honda, and that they are competitive, effectively doing away with that ridiculous fuel limit.

Spot on JC, lets hope that the spec ECU software can be somewhere near the factory machines competitive-wise.

The fuel limit is so bad for bringing in new factories but the factories wanted the rule. Hopefully not used as a tool to keep other factories out.

I wish they would stop focusing on fuel & engines and shift to active suspension & ABS. Maybe that is what Dorna will do if we can ever get the spec ECU (hardware & software) adopted by all the factories in a few years.

I'd say allow 3 engine/throttle maps that can only be changed via rider operation. We got'a get away from corner by corner mapping. It makes no sense.

...get rid of the fuel limit for about half a season until dorna invent more rules.

I do not look forward to spec computers, fewer motors, less gas.

No matter how it's sliced there can be only one winner. Price caps are pointless. Let the strong be strong and let the weak die. This is (was) prototype racing at the highest level, not romper room.

Just looks like another half-hearted effort by brand S. If they were really serious but not confident about the stupid 20lt / 5 engine limits why not just enter for 2014 using spec software and 24l. I guess the Japanese 'loss of face' thing.

is a good decision ? Hopefully they gonna wisely use the remaining time under Brivio's management and they also have the 2nd fastest test rider in the world in RDP, only behind the Stoner/HRC duo.

Then, if the bike shows some competitiveness during the tests next season, I'm sure Bautista would consider a comeback with them, they did great things together. Suzuki should also sign a promising young gun, Nakagami for example.

I wish them good luck.

I think Batista would come back to Suzuki like a shot. He hardly seems the favoured son at HRC (barely an unloved uncle).

It has been interesting watching his 'progression' from Suzuki V4 to Honda. It suggests that perhaps the Suzuki was really not very far away at that point- where leaving for several seasons and changing fundamentally the machine leaves them remains to be seen.

I would love to know whether racing or using the same budget to test is better to improve one's machine. My instinct suggests competition improves the breed but I dare say there needs to be a decent base to make worthwhile. It will be interesting to see if Suzuki's choice pays off.

Geez Misano is one long track. I would love to find out the backstory here, for ages the GSVR was bearly faster than a hotted up gixxer thou, when the in line cross plane engine had clear advantages technical as well as marketing. I wondering if Suzuki had to actualy close the MotoGP project to remove someone who steadfastly refused to look at any other options?

Coming from the cycling world every time I read a headline on motomatters that begins with "Positive test..." (this isn't the 1st time an article has started that way) my heart sinks as I think we have to live through another performance enhancing drug scandal. For my own good health please word those headings differently :)

Given the restrictions on testing and Suzuki's limited budget, delaying a racing return to 2015 makes sense. It provides the opportunity to test a lot of different ideas through 2014. If they went racing next year, they would still need a development team outside the race team to get any development and that would mean considerable extra expense. Right now, Suzuki can test new things for as many days it wants, at as many tracks that it wants. Still a looooong way to go to get anywhere near the company's dominance of the premier class in the 1970s when the RG500 was THE bike to have.

was not a slow bike at all. 2005, 06, 07 and the start of motogp they were very quick, but the V5 was a far superior machine.

The RGV was something else, impossible to compare with todays gp bike.
Suzuki are doing a lot of testing and remain out for 2014(at this time). If they can get that crank "right" the rest would be handling. Im going out on a limb but id say they are ready for the spec ecu but are taking advantage of the extra testing. It makes perfect sense if you have nothing in mind but beating HRC and Yamaha. I hope Suzuki are thinking BIG.