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Suzuki make GSV-R developments in Brno

Suzuki make GSV-R developments in Brno

Suzuki make GSV-R developments in Brno

Suzuki took the opportunity to implement several changes to the four stroke GSV-R machine in a two day test at Brno this week. The Telefónica Movistar Suzuki squad stayed on after the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky to test new parts which they had not had chance to try out over the course of the weekend. Kenny Roberts and Sete Gibernau, who took his best finish of the season with fourth place on Sunday, were joined by factory rider Akira Ryo.

´The whole team is in a positive mood following Sete´s brilliant ride on Sunday and these two days of tests have also shown a marked improvement in the overall performance of the new GSV-R,´ said Team Manager Garry Taylor. `The factory made a brave decision to develop the machine out in the open where our failures can be seen as well as our successes. But of course a mixture of success and failure is the reality of any development program - you just have to aim for more success than failure! I think that it is clear that we are now making progress in the important areas. It is at times a painfully slow process, because you make an improvement in one area and that can have an adverse result in another area, and so you have to multi-check every aspect, every time you make a small change.´.

Former 500cc World Champion Kenny Roberts added: `These tests have been very important for us and we really needed them because Suzuki had quite a lot of new stuff chassis-wise that we tried over the weekend. We honestly tried too many things - too many untested items that really got us lost and really didn´t give us anything we could use for the race. I went back to my settings for the race and really struggled with that and the problem that everyone had with the tyres.´

MotoGP, 2002

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