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Suzuki MotoGP Has Positive Test At Misano
The Suzuki MotoGP test team has completed three-days of extensive testing at the Misano circuit in Italy, evaluating several new factory parts including a new chassis, new engine-specifications and revised electronics, plus a new-styled cowling. All in preparation for the manufacturer’s return to grand prix racing in 2015.
Test riders Randy De Puniet and Nobuatsu Aoki put in more-than 200 laps of the 4,064km (2.5 mi) circuit in the Provence of Rimini, trying-out improved settings and finding new direction to move-on to the next test at Mugello in a week.
The new engine specifications were revised for more torque and coupled with new electronics for better traction control and engine braking. Meanwhile the new chassis, 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 the low 70s to nearly triple digit heat, with mixed wet and dry conditions – much-needed data was acquired and the team is very positive moving-on to Mugello.
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 replaced by long-standing Suzuki Factory Test Rider Aoki – this improved to a 1:34.882 after 102 laps and many of the revisions employed by the team. For comparison, Repsol Honda hot shoe, and championship leader, Marc Marquez, set the fastest time of the test with a 1:33.264.