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Cycle World: Suzuki continues testing MotoGP™ prototype

Suzuki has again been seen testing a MotoGP™ prototype bike ahead of a possible return to the World Championship in 2014, Cycle World has revealed.

The latest outing is reported to have come at Japan’s Twin Ring Motegi circuit, with test rider Nobuatsu Aoki quoted as saying, "They made a lot of design changes."

‘Differences we can see in these recent photos are that the former two exhaust megaphones have become one and that the starter-access door, previously seen on the right side of the fairing, is gone,’ Cycle World’s article reads.

‘Since our Japanese source still says, "Same sound as Yamaha YZR-M1," we know the single megaphone does not mean the prototype has reverted to an even-fire 180-degree crankshaft. Absence of the starter door suggests Suzuki has caught up with slipper-clutch technology, allowing the bike to be fired in the same manner as the Honda and Yamaha by driving the rear wheel.’

Suzuki withdrew from the sport at the end of 2011, at the time citing that a return could be possible but certainly no earlier than in 2014.

MotoGP, 2013

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