Suzuki MotoGP GSX-RR UnveiledDuring 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.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!