Suzuki Press Release: Three Days Of Testing At Barcelona A Success

The Suzuki MotoGP team issued the following press release after completing their three day test at Barcelona:


Team Suzuki Press Office – June 18.

The Suzuki MotoGP Test Team has completed a busy and positive three-days of testing at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit in Spain today.

Test rider Randy De Puniet was joined by Takuya Tsuda for the official MotoGP test with the current series riders and teams; and then a private test today to evaluate several new revisions to the development 2015 Suzuki machine that included a new-specification engine, plus electronic ignition and chassis revisions.

With weather conditions fluctuating over the three-days, but averaging 25° Air/ 35° Track temperatures, De Puniet put-in his fastest lap on the opening day with a time of 1’43”683. Over the three days, he completed 200 laps of the 4.655 km, 16-corner circuit. Tsuda, who was supporting De Puniet and adding to the Suzuki MotoGP data-logging and evaluation of the new parts and settings at the event, completed a total of 103 laps.

Said De Puniet: “It was not such an easy period as we had a lot of bad luck after Sepang with many rainy days at other tests. But it was important to be here with all the other MotoGP riders to see our potential; we still have to continue to work on the electronics-side to improve our performances.

“We tested many different things with electronic-maps, on engine-specifications and with the chassis also. I had a better feeling with some of the solutions and we found some good direction here. We still have many days of testing remaining this year and we have time to make further developments.”

Suzuki MotoGP Test Team Manager Davide Brivio said: “In three days of testing you expect to do a lot, but at the end it is never enough, especially for us, who are at a development stage.

“Randy wanted to try everything together and see the real performance but we had no chance, although we went through many different things, finding very good information for our next steps forward. We also asked the additional support of Takuya Tsuda this time to run more testing on the electronics-side.

“Overall, our engineers were happy with the information we gathered, which indicates a good direction for our next electronics, chassis and engine developments. It was important to get this information now, as we now have time to work on it in time for the next tests. So we are looking forward to continuing our job."

Suzuki MotoGP Director and Project Leader Satoru Terada said: “We had three-days with a hard job to do: We didn’t get the lap time we wanted but we tested many solutions with good information and feedback for our engineers. We had chassis and engine development-spec to test and now we are clearer how to work in the future.

“On the electronics-side, it was very important too and with this information we can go back to Japan to continue our development.”


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Obviously they are way off the pace from the front runners, but it's really not as bad as it could be. It sounds like the electronics will be the biggest hurdle. With good riders Suzuki can be finishing in the top ten their first year back. I do think wild-card entries would be very interesting in terms of data gathering, if that is still an option for them.

Wild card entries would be interesting but Suzuki would be way off the pace – in my opinion it would only expose them to criticism/ridicule and scare off potential riders for 2015. Better to stick to the test track I think.

RDP was half a second faster on his CRT ride last year in Q2. And what's gonna happen when Michelin takes over the tires? I'm not seeing the success.

And DP was slower on this years Q1 than last.. .does that mean the honda is slower or that its rather difficult to compare year to year.

AEsp was nearly 2 seconds faster than CE this year in qualifying. RDP is more CE than AEsp... and doing nothing but practicing, rather than racing or qualifying does not improve your pace.

Dani is still recovering from surgery. Other riders were faster.

Here's the point though. Suzuki's factory effort is 2.5 seconds off of the leaders under identical conditions and half a second slower than Randy's former far from factory grade ride. IIRC their gap to the leaders was smaller on previous tests. So I dont see the success. Just my opinion though, doesn't mean anything, they know more than I do about what info they gathered and all that.

I'm questioning whether RDP was the best choice for this job considering he wasn't the fastest guy. But, more importantly. He is inconsistent.

As David mentioned, seeming to take a different line thru the same corner every lap. That's not ideal for development

but that is exactly what Bayliss used to say of himself - never use the same line twice, AND Doohan used to say he didn't use brake markers, just started braking when he thought he had to.

Just saying that is all.

RdP is no slouch and yes there are better riders out there but as already said, you have to get them on your bike which is the hard part.

Maybe they consider their test a success because they were able to test all that they wanted, gather data on their new bike, and continue to assess rfp as a potential pilot for next year.

Food for thought.

I think we seem to criticise RdP and Suzuki too much. People keep saying RdP isn't the ideal choice, but who else is available? He had some really good showings in the past with LCR. Suzuki needs someone with MotoGP experience, knows the Bridgestone tires, etc. Remember Elias struggled too much with the Bridgestone tires, what if they picked up a rider and then encountered that issue?

Face it, Suzuki needs a test rider that is "available" to test whenever and wherever. That really limits who they can get. Riders under contract wouldn't be allowed to test for a potential suitor. Plus there would be the possibility of a test rider getting injured (not wishing that upon anyone) and then not able to race.

I'm not saying that there aren't other riders out there that could be faster than RdP but I do think he is the best candidate at this time. If Edwards had retired last season then they may have hired him, but then we'd be hearing the same complaints then too.

We won't have a clear perspective until they put it side by side with the other bikes and have them running in FP (that's when the heat is on to push the maximum).

First impression is that this is culturally typical PR. Suzuki is doing a marvelous job... yada yada yada. But considering the time they have had to develop the machine shouldn't a factory effort be further along? I get the impression that this development team is very comfortable with the pace of development. Where is the urgency, where is the push to get on the pace? I personally doubt the commitment level of Suzuki behind this project.