Official: Suzuki To Return to MotoGP in 2015
Suzuki MotoGP News
The last time Suzuki Motor Corporation competed in MotoGP was back in 2011. The manufacturer fielded one machine, the Rizla Suzuki GSV-R.
In 2011, Alvaro Bautista (now GO&FUN Honda Gresini) piloted the machine to 13th place overall, Suzuki clearly struggling next to the Yamaha, Honda and Ducati prototypes.
But following two years of suspended activities, Suzuki has announced its comeback for the 2015 MotoGP season.
Suzuki has been busy at work, and underwent additional testing this week at the Catalunya circuit in Spain. Suzuki is in its developmental stages, saying it will run additional tests inside and outside Japan to further refine the machine to be ready for 2015 MotoGP.
Some big names are on the current European testing team, including Team Manager Davide Brivio, the former manager of Valentino Rossi, and developmental rider Randy de Puniet, currently aboard the Power Electronics Aspar CRT machine.
Suzuki Motor Corporation says through its MotoGP efforts on the inline-four 1000cc prototype, it will feed back advanced technology to be derived through MotoGP racing activity to develop further attractive production models.
Suzuki entered the Grand Prix Championship in 1974 with Barry Sheene at the controls of the RG500. The manufacturer has six titles through its final year in 2011, including 1976 and 1977 with Barry Sheene, 1981 with Marco Lucchinelli, 1982 with Franco Uncini, 1993 with Kevin Schwantz and 2000 with Kenny Roberts Jr.