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Suzuki send Japanese cavalry to Catalunya

Suzuki send Japanese cavalry to Catalunya

Suzuki send Japanese cavalry to Catalunya

Telefonica Movistar Suzuki Team Manager Garry Taylor received a huge boost this week with the news that factory racer Akira Ryo, who this week flies in from Japan to contest the Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya, will be accompanied by a full squad of factory engineers. Among those who have made the trip to Europe is Kunio Arase, the designer of the powerful four-camshaft V4 motor for the GSV-R MotoGP machine. Arase also designed the highly successful GSX-R1100 street bike.

`With Ryo on the track and Mr Arase in the pits, this will be a valuable chance to cross-reference between the GP team and the factory engineers,´ said Taylor. `Ryo is a strong racer in his own right but he also has extensive test-track experience with the new four-stroke as well as access to newer evolutions of the GSV-R. Obviously we work in close contact all the time, but the programme is moving rapidly ahead and there´s nothing like face-to-face contact.´

$$$ Kenny Roberts and Sete Gibernau will also feel the benefit of an extra day in Mugello last week, where they completed some valuable tyre tests. `Both riders had the chance to try the latest rear Michelin tyres for the first time, and both said they can see what everyone else is raving about,´ continued Taylor. `The tyres minimised some problems we´ve been having with development parts, and were very consistent in endurance tests. We´re looking forward to the time when we will be able to use the full Michelin range for races.´

MotoGP, 2002, Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya

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