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Garry Taylor lends his views on Suzuki's 2005 campaign

Garry Taylor lends his views on Suzuki's 2005 campaign

Garry Taylor lends his views on Suzuki's 2005 campaign

The former Team Manager for Suzuki in MotoGP, Garry Taylor, came along to the team's home track at Donington to follow his old team's fortunes from close-up. Taylor was the most experienced and longest serving team manager in the GP paddock when he stepped down at the end of the 2004 season after almost 30 years with the Suzuki factory GP team.

He first worked with them in the mid-Seventies when Barry Sheene won two consecutive 500cc World Championships. During more than 20 years as team manager, the Englishman guided the Suzuki Team to two more individual world titles (with Kevin Schwantz in 1993 and Kenny Roberts Jr. in 2000) and to 40 individual race wins.

"For me it is a little strange to come back and to see all these people and my friends who have worked here for a long time," said Taylor. "They are not getting the results the team is capable of but of course the factory is working hard and I'm sure Bridgestone is working hard on it."

"I think everybody can see that the engine has improved but probably the tyres need some work. The Suzuki times are probably a second quicker than last year but everybody else's also the same. No big changes, which is a bit disappointing for me but I know everybody is working hard at it."

"I think John Hopkins is riding really hard and very well. He is young, he is aggressive and I always thought he has huge potential which we brought him onto the team. I think Kenny (Roberts) is suffering from a little bit a lack of motivation because he knows the bike is not competitive at the front level and you know he has got a lot of hard years with Suzuki without a competitive machine and he's riding like that really."

MotoGP, 2005

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