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Team Suzuki happy with first version of 2003 prototype

Team Suzuki happy with first version of 2003 prototype

Team Suzuki happy with first version of 2003 prototype

The first tests of Suzuki´s all-new 2003 MotoGP four-stroke prototypes concluded last Friday and have been declared a roaring success by riders and team officials after four days of intensive work in Sepang. Factory test rider Kosuke Akiyoshi joined Grand Prix regulars Kenny Roberts Jr. and John Hopkins in Malaysia, and they were greeted with a pleasant surprise on their arrival at the circuit when the all-new 2003 GSV-R was unpacked from boxes they assumed to be carrying merely an interim version.

`These first tests went really well, and the new bike has given us reason to be optimistic for the coming year,´ said Roberts. `There are a few major things that still need doing to win races, and improving the top speed is one of them. But the factory has already taken the biggest step forward that I´ve known, even compared with introducing the new four-stroke last year. The new bike has a lot of promise. There´s still a way to go, but everyone in the team is really enthusiastic.´

Roberts´ optimism was echoed by Team Manager Garry Taylor `It is a brand new bike, which the factory had kept pretty quiet about,´ he explained. `And it´s a big jump from last year´s bike, in every respect. I don´t think any of us could believe how much work the factory had done. The mood is fantastic. It has made everybody that much more motivated to try that much harder this coming year.´

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MotoGP, 2003

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