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Suzuki tests draw to a close at Philip Island

Suzuki tests draw to a close at Philip Island

Suzuki tests draw to a close at Philip Island

The third and final day of Suzuki's latest round on tests on the new XREO 4-stroke prototype came to end today at the Philip Island circuit in Australia, although once again adverse weather conditions hampered the factory's progress. In what was a similar story to yesterday, strong winds prevented the team from carrying out all their scheduled tests, and while happy with the work they did manage to fit in Team Manager, Garry Taylor, was left slightly exasperated.

'Conditions were bad again, while it didn't rain there was a lot of wind which made it difficult for the riders. We managed to get in some good laps, but nowhere near as many as we would have liked,' said Taylor. On a brighter note he went on to add, 'From the tests in Malaysia, Eastern Creek and here we have picked up some valuable information, especially on the engine and the chassis. We have also begun a good partnership with Dunlop, and both sides have learnt a lot about the new tyres.'

No times from the tests were revealed, with Taylor stating, 'We're not looking for lap times at this point. Times were OK for the stage of development we're at, but that's not what these tests were about, we were concentrating on the bike's basic settings.' Suzuki's next round of tests will be at the IRTA Cataluyna session which takes place on March 9th and 10th.

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