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Akira Ryo reflects on his European adventure

Akira Ryo reflects on his European adventure

Akira Ryo reflects on his European adventure

The Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky at Brno last week was the final chapter in a European adventure for factory Suzuki rider Akira Ryo. The Japanese racer has contested the last five rounds of the MotoGP World Championship, as the factory looked to accelerate development of the four-stroke GSV-R machine.

´Suzuki had already decided that I would come to Europe at the start of the season.´ explains Ryo. `The idea was to develop the GSV-R as quickly as possible and for this reason I have also been riding it in the All Japan series. Obviously the development programme in MotoGP is quicker with three riders than with two. I am not actually a test rider, but now we have some very important data in our possession. The change of tyres which the factory decided on did not really favour me but the objective was just to improve the bike and try different things´.

Ryo took on the role of tester for the European rounds, even though he would have preferred to go for high finishes at some of the races. ´I have never really felt comfortable on the bike because, from the Friday morning I have been testing new parts to try and improve the bike and apply the changes to the other two machines. It was the only way to aid the development of this bike because Suzuki went to work on the four stroke a lot later than the other factories and the priority is to catch up with them´.

Now Ryo returns to the All Japan confident that his work so far on the Suzuki GSV-R has been a success: ´Now we know why I didn´t feel confident on the bike and this is important. We have gathered lots of important information which marks out a route to follow in order to create a winning motorcycle. For this reason my European experience has been a success. New pieces are now being made for the rest of the season and the 2003 model is already being worked on´.

MotoGP, 2002

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