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Paul Denning details the new Suzuki GSV-R

Paul Denning details the new Suzuki GSV-R

The Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Team Manager gives motogp.com a comprehensive overview of the changes to the 2010 prototype, in the attached video.

Loris Capirossi and Álvaro Bautista have been trying out many of the new aspects of the 2010 GSV-R prototype they will ride for the Rizla Suzuki team during pre-season testing, and Team Manager Paul Denning has explained these developments to motogp.com.

Giving a wide-ranging assessment of the almost full version of Bautista’s 2010 bike, Denning explained key aspects of the GSV-R that have changed from the 2009 version.

“Everybody knows that in 2010 we have to have only have six engines for the complete season,” said Denning in reference to the new technical regulations. “This is really difficult for everybody but maybe especially for Suzuki, because in terms of performance we have to catch up a little bit with the others. Our performance was not quite enough on the engine last year, so Suzuki is trying to achieve two targets; to improve the performance by increasing the smoothness and control, but most importantly make the engine durable enough to last three Grands Prix. It’s a big task and Suzuki is really working hard to achieve it.”

The chassis and riding position have also received close attention from the manufacturer, and Denning continued: “We suffered a lot last year with inconsistent performance, especially in cold conditions. At the first Sepang test Suzuki tested the 2009 chassis and then two options, and both riders were able to choose the same option. It’s difficult to really understand the level of improvement at Sepang because it’s very hot, but it seems like quite a good step. When it rained here, which gives much lower grip conditions, both riders reported immediately good feeling from the tyres and good feedback. So we hope the modified chassis for 2010 will make our bike a lot more consistent.”

He added: “At the first test we also tested three different lengths of fuel tank, and two different widths of seat. By shortening the fuel tank this has helped both our riders, who are quite small, have more weight over the front of the machine and be able to load the front tyre better in the middle of the corner.”

Completely new Brembo brake calipers, a redesigned Akrapovic exhaust and specially designed Marchesini wheels have all delivered very positive results in the tests so far, and Denning also discussed the shape of the bike.

“Aerodynamically Suzuki has improved the bike for this year in terms of drag and also downforce in the corners,” he said. “They have tried to make the bike more loaded, especially when there is a lot of cross wind, so the fairing shape has changed a little bit with the air intake, and also the sides.”

You can view Denning’s detailed guide of the GSV-R in the attached motogp.com video, and on Friday the team will release the first images of the new Troy Lee Designs livery that will be displayed in 2010.

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MotoGP, 2010, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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