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Rizla Suzuki officially unveil 2008 GSV-R

Rizla Suzuki officially unveil 2008 GSV-R

With just days to go before the MotoGP Official Test in Jerez, Rizla Suzuki have today officially unveiled the 2008 GSV-R and their new livery for the forthcoming season.

With just days to go before the MotoGP Official Test in Jerez, Rizla Suzuki have today officially unveiled the 2008 GSV-R and their new livery for the forthcoming season.

Photos of the second generation 800cc four-stroke prototype and the team's new line-up for 2008 – consisting of existing rider Chris Vermeulen and new recruit Loris Capirossi – were released at 10am GMT on Monday via the Rizla Suzuki Official Website.

The new GSV-R has been developed following specifications from the MotoGP team, with work supported by test riders and some experimental technological developments by Suzuki engineers. The team believe that the bike is most technically advanced and competitive four-stroke machine that Suzuki have ever produced.

The new prototype boasts improved acceleration, in addition to modifications relating to aerodynamics, chassis performance and electronics. Suzuki have achieved better acceleration with performance detail refinements on the 2007 GSV-R engine, without massively altering their fundamental design.

Lower fuel consumption, improved cornering performance and enhanced handling capabilities are also anticipated ahead of what should be an exciting 2008 for the team, who achieved a race victory and several podiums courtesy of Vermeulen and the now-departed John Hopkins last season.

Of the updated GSV-R Vermeulen commented: "The new bike looks great and is already a lot better to ride than last year's GSV-R. It feels quicker and I am able to get on the power better out of the corners. The handling is even better than it was so that is a huge plus - because it was very good already."

"Suzuki have worked really hard on this bike, they listened to what we wanted, and tried to come up with a solution for everything we gave them. It is not quite the finished article yet, but I am sure that when the season starts it will be pretty close to it."

Meanwhile, Fumihiro Oonishi, Suzuki's Race Group Leader explained the philosophy behind the updates to their MotoGP machinery stating: "We have developed this year's bike with the clear aim to improve its acceleration as our main target and this has been achieved with various improvements to its engine, chassis and electronics."

"We have tried to refine and improve on every detail of last year's bike while still keeping the durability that was such a large factor in the GSV-R's performances during 2007. We have lower fuel consumption, and this matched to higher engine output and an easier to ride bike. We are sure that this will be a good combination and provide us with good results in the 2008 MotoGP races."

Italian veteran Capirossi, whose vast development experience strengthens the Suzuki portfolio this year, added: "I have been with Suzuki a short while but for me they are very switched on and are trying their hardest to make the bike the best it can be for the new season -. I still feel like I have a new toy."

"Suzuki is certainly listening to what we want. We asked for changes after each test and the next time we have ridden the bike they have been made, so that is all good. The bike also looks great with the new design; I love the colour and look forward racing in it."

MotoGP, 2008, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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