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Suzuki chief explains 2008 GSV-R800 development

Suzuki chief explains 2008 GSV-R800 development

Rizla Suzuki are coming to the end of their most successful season with a four-stroke bike, courtesy of riders John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen.

Rizla Suzuki are coming to the end of their most successful season with a four-stroke bike, courtesy of riders John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen.

Refusing to rest on their laurels, development of the 2008 GSV-R800 is already at an advanced stage. A base prototype of the 800cc machine has already been used for a race this season, namely the Polini Malaysian Motrocycle Grand Prix held earlier this month at Sepang.

Giving his assessment of the performance of the bike, used by test rider Nobuatsu Aoki in its maiden outing, Suzuki Racing Department Leader Fumihiro Oonishi was very pleased with the initial impressions.

"Sepang was a positive result, having been able to finish amongst the regular riders. We've found out some good points and some things that need to be improved, but I consider it more significant that we were participating in the race in the first place," explained the Suzuki chief.

"The engine has not undergone any big changes, and we've just modified the aerodynamics and a few small details. The top speed has been improved by this, without a change in horsepower," he continued, before explaining the future development of the GSV-R800.

"We have to take things step-by-step. However, we know that in competition it is important to perfect everything as quickly as possible, and we are on the right track to have big hopes for next year. We are going to modify the engine, and also want to adjust the electronics, so at the moment our efforts are concentrated on these two aspects.

"The bike will be taken to Valencia, but not used in the race. The post-race test will be a chance to fine-tune the machine a little more," concluded Oonishi.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX

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