Suzuki MotoGP GSX-RR Unveiled

During INTERMOT last month, Team Suzuki MotoGP released some details on its GSX-RR and rider lineup. We learned that Maverick Vinales, who joins the premier class from Moto2, and Aleix Espagaro will pilot the 230-horespower GSX-RR prototype.

Except for a few studio photos, we didn’t hear or see the GSX-RR in action. But that all changed during the Japanese Grand Prix held this past weekend at Twin Ring Motegi. Suzuki displayed the GSX-RR and put on some demonstration laps with 1993 500cc GP Champion Kevin Schwantz at the controls.

Schwantz, who tested the machine at Austin in Texas earlier this year, was joined by 1982 World Champion Franco Uncini, who piloted the GSV-R that was used during Suzuki’s last MotoGP effort in 2011.

Kevin Schwantz says “I started very carefully as we didn’t start from pit-lane and without tire 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 says “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.”

Attached above are photos of the event.