After a three-year hiatus Suzuki will return to MotoGPcompetition next season with a new team—and a 1000cc prototype. The yet-to-be named machine is in the final stages of development by Suzuki’s overhauled and now fully in-house Hamamatsu, Japan-based factory racing squad.
And this time Suzuki says it’s getting serious. Despite years of success in both Superbike and Supersport racing with its GSX-R line of sportbikes, the Japanese motorsport giant hasn’t been able to transfer that success to GP racing since the series moved from two-stroke to four-stroke equipment 12 years ago. In fact the brand has recorded just a handful of podium finishes and only one race win—in the rain at Le Mans.
What an opener! Thrills and spills as riders came down, but the ultimate battle was between the old guard and the new. Marquez once again was upthere battling against the experience of the Doctor, Valentino Rossi, and Marquez, was victor, this time…..
1. Marc MarquezESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 42m 40.561s 2. Valentino RossiITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 42m 40.820s | +0.259s 3. Dani PedrosaESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 42m 43.931s | +3.370s 4. Aleix EspargaroESP NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 42m 52.184s | +11.623s 5. Andrea DoviziosoITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 42m 52.720s | +12.159s 6. Cal CrutchlowGBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 43m 9.087s | +28.526s 7. Scott ReddingGBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R) 43m 13.154s | +32.593s 8. Nicky HaydenUSA Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 43m 13.189s | +32.628s 9. Colin EdwardsUSA NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 43m 20.108s | +39.547s 10. Andrea IannoneITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 43m 23.921s | +43.360s 11. Hiroshi AoyamaJPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 43m 27.156s | +46.595s 12. Yonny HernandezCOL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 43m 27.249s | +46.688s 13. Karel AbrahamCZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 43m 31.142s | +50.581s 14. Danilo PetrucciITA IodaRacing Project (ART) 43m 43.688s | +1m 3.127s 15. Broc ParkesAUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 43m 54.947s | +1m 14.386s 16. Michael LavertyGBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 44m 13.154s | +1m 32.593s 17. Mike Di MeglioFRA Avintia Racing (Avintia) 44m 16.646s | +1m 36.085s Alvaro BautistaESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) DNF Bradley SmithGBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) DNF Pol EspargaroESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) DNF Stefan BradlGER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) DNF Hector BarberaESP Avintia Racing (Avintia) DNF Jorge LorenzoESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) DNF
In case you are wondering why this testing is taking place, its to ensure there are no tyre issues as there were in Australia last year.
Bridgestone has brought two 2013 specification rear tyres and six new experimental tyres with changes to construction, compound and shape. However not all riders are testing the same tyres on the same days.
Bridgestone explained it’s initial day two plan as follows: “Mid-length (15 lap) runs in the morning and possibly race simulations (27 lap) in the afternoon. Test tyres [rather than the 2013 event tyres] only today.”
Times as follows:
1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 29.133s [42 laps / 335.4km/h top speed] 2. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 29.381s | +0.248s [58 / 332.3] 3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 29.387s | +0.254s [53 / 342.9] 4. Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 29.516s | +0.383s [75 / 340.7] 5. Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 29.660s | +0.527s [59 / 337.5] 6. Esteve Rabat ESP Marc VDS Racing (Kalex) 1m 32.168s | +3.035s [101 / 282] 7. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing (Kalex) 1m 32.698s | +3.565s [79 / 282.7] 8. Nico Terol ESP Mapfre Aspar Team (Suter) 1m 33.014s | +3.881s [62 / 282.7] 9. Jordi Torres ESP Mapfre Aspar Team (Suter) 1m 33.160s | +4.027s [65 / 277.6]
So the MotoGP bus moves to Aussie for some more testing, and still no Marquez. It is looking likely that he may even miss the first race. #The other guys must be licking their lips at this prospect knowing they are going to have to take advantage of this and maximize points because when the kid is back, he is back to ride.
1. Jorge LorenzoESP Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 29.213s [68 laps / 327.3km/h top speed] 2. Cal CrutchlowGBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 29.576s | +0.363s [68 / 333.3] 3. Valentino RossiITA Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 29.730s | +0.517s [85 / 330.3] 4. Dani PedrosaESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 29.961s | +0.748s [88 / 327.3] 5. Andrea DoviziosoITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 29.965s | +0.752s [60 / 334.4] 6. Esteve RabatESP Marc VDS Racing (Kalex) 1m 32.316s | +3.103s [100 / 274.8] 7. Nico TerolESP Mapfre Aspar Team (Suter) 1m 33.290s | +4.077s [82 / 274.8] 8. Mika KallioFIN Marc VDS Racing (Kalex) 1m 33.440s | +4.227s [62 / 273.4] 9. Jordi TorresESP Mapfre Aspar Team (Suter) 1m 34.000s | +4.787s [56 / 268.7]