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Austin test for Suzuki as they plan ‘Factory’ 2015 MotoGP return

Austin test for Suzuki as they plan ‘Factory’ 2015 MotoGP return

Japanese factory Suzuki are set to carry out a post-Grand Prix test at the Circuit of the Americas as they continue preparations for a planned return to MotoGP™ in 2015.

Having tested alongside current MotoGP™ teams at circuits such as Aragon, Brno, Catalunya and Sepang in the past 12 months, Suzuki want to further their development at the Austin track and also plan to test at the new Termas de Río Hondo track in Argentina in a fortnight’s time.

During the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Suzuki MotoGP Test Team Manager Davide Brivio told that upgrades to their in-house developed electronics software are a key focus for the test as they adapt to the latest standard championship ECU hardware.

Brivio stated, “Electronics in one of the main items we will work on because we started in Sepang with the Magneti Marelli electronics but it was not ready yet. Despite that we decided to start the development. So here in Austin we will have a new update, a new release of the software, because in the mean time we have been working on that in Japan.”

He added, “Another target of this test is for us to get to know this track and to collect data for next year, because as Suzuki we have never been here. So we need to get to know it and try to be more ready for 2015 when we will be here to race.”

Also asked to confirm whether Suzuki intend to return to the premier class with Factory or Open entry class machinery Brivio replied, “Our plan is to be a ‘Factory’ entry so we are developing software and we want to use our own software next year, then for 2016 we will go to the standard software.”


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