Suzuki Press Release: Kevin Schwantz And Franco Uncini Launch Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP Bike At Motegi

With news of Suzuki's return to MotoGP having been made official at the Intermot last week, the Japanese factory seized the opportunity presented by their home Grand Prix at Motegi to present their 2015 MotoGP bike in front of the fans. To launch the machine, Suzuki invited Kevin Schwantz and Franco Uncini to ride a few demonstration laps, Schwantz on the GSX-RR, Uncini on its predecessor. The press release issued after the event is shown below, and a gallery of images is available on the Suzuki Racing website:


Team Suzuki Press Office – October 12.

The 2015 Suzuki MotoGP GSX-RR was unveiled at today’s Motegi MotoGP race in Japan as 1993 World 500cc GP Champion Kevin Schwantz was joined by 1982 World Champion Franco Uncini for demonstration laps at the Twin Ring circuit.

Schwantz, who joined the Suzuki MotoGP test team for its test at Austin in Texas, USA earlier this year, rode the GSX-RR while Uncini demonstrated the GSV-R that last competed in the 2011 MotoGP series.

Kevin Schwantz:

“I started very carefully as we didn’t start from pit-lane and without tyre warmers, but I soon felt the machine was being very stable and I was able to speed-up. I understand the bike, it’s a very good machine; and I really enjoyed riding it.”

Franco Uncini:

“Fantastic! It’s a very great bike. Kevin followed me early on, but then overtook me at great speed. After that I ran behind him and it was really enjoyable. I would like to say thank you to the Suzuki team staff giving me such the chance like this.”

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That megaphone exhaust sure looks like a noisy one! Cool!

Has anybody done an analysis of the exhaust frequencies? I'm curious to know wether the Suzuki has the same 90-degree crankpin offset and ignition intervals as the Yamaha, or if they went for something different.
I have only seen the early videos, where it sounded very much like a louder, slightly more aggressive Yamaha M1.

The GSV-R800 V4 sure sounded similar to the high-pitched, aggressive sound of the Honda RC212V, maybe even more 'metallic'. Still too bad they quit when they were so close, with Bautista more and more getting into the top-5. He did not really improve when he got on the Gresini factory Honda, so one has to wonder...

Why no warmers? did Suzuki think these 2 didnt want to ride the bikes hard? :(

In this last shot, the GSX-RR looks like a very narrow bike, especially considering they've jammed an i4 in there. Might just be the angle of the photo, but if not that thing could be a missile!

Not sure if Kenny Roberts Jr gets no love or if he just doesn't want it. He has the same number of world titles as the other guys. Just never hear about him from a Suzuki stand point.

I'd never thought of that before, but you're absolutely right. I've always wondered why KS34 was crowned "Mr. Suzuki" when he only won the single championship in the premier class, and when you consider that he's not the only one to bring a championship to Suzuki, it's even more puzzling.