MOTOGP: Suzuki to Return to MotoGP Championship; Espargaro and Viñales Tapped to Ride

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HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka, Japan — official release — MotoGP photo — The Suzuki Motor Corporation will participate in the MotoGP World Championship next season, with Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales announced as their riders.

With the development of the MotoGP machine and team structure prepared, Suzuki has decided to participate in MotoGP in 2015 and has announced its newly-developed MotoGP machine, the GSX-RR, team riders and team structure.

The team will be led by current test team manager Davide Brivio with Spanish riders Espargaro and Viñales recruited to spearhead Suzuki’s efforts on track. Also, prior to its participation, Suzuki will make a wildcard appearance at this season’s final race, the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Suzuki had temporarily suspended its participation in MotoGP in 2012, but has been continuing with bike development with plans to return.  The development of the GSX-RR was started in 2012 with the aim to achieve high performance in the MotoGP class, as well as to give technology feedback to production models such as the GSX-R range.

It equips a newly developed in-line four-cylinder engine that realizes a strong, flexible engine character, fuel efficiency, and durability at a high level. The frame has a layout that keeps its width slim for both maneuverability and aerodynamic performances, and optimizes body strength and weight balance.

The aim was to develop a highly competitive MotoGP machine that can bring out the straightforward maneuverability developed over the years with the GSX-R.

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