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Schwantz talks Spies and Suzuki passion

Schwantz talks Spies and Suzuki passion

Suzuki past met Suzuki future today at the MotoGP journalists test in Valencia, with two title winners onboard the GSV-R800 in an historic moment for the Japanese factory.

Suzuki past met Suzuki future today at the MotoGP journalists test in Valencia, with two title winners onboard the GSV-R800 in an historic moment for the Japanese factory.

1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz, for many the personification of Suzuki, tested three bikes at the Ricardo Tormo circuit. Whilst the Repsol Honda and Kawasaki machines may have satisfied his need for speed, his first outing on the 800cc GSV-R was always going to be the standout moment for the 43 year-old. When undertaking his afternoon run-out, Schwantz shared the track with a rider seen by many as a future Suzuki MotoGP rider: AMA Superbike Champion Ben Spies.

A first test for Spies was due to take place in Malaysia last month, but a downpour left him reading a crime thriller in the garage. There were no shocks in store for the American this afternoon, but certainly something to go down in the history books, as he shot the breeze with Schwantz and departing Suzuki rider John Hopkins before riding alongside the MotoGP Legend.

"It was really fun to ride around with Ben; I had to push really hard just to stay with him, and he's only done ten laps around here!" said Schwantz early on in the test.

"I think his style will suit a MotoGP bike. He's a little on the tall, lanky side, but from a weight perspective he's OK. A little change in his riding style might be needed, but he's young and not set in his ways. He could do a great job."

Watch the following video to hear the former World Champion's thoughts on why the GSV-R800 is his favourite on the grid, and how he believes that the addition of Loris Capirossi to the team could take Suzuki up to the next level in MotoGP.

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MotoGP, 2007

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