The Suzuki MotoGP Test Team has completed a positive two-day test at the Mugello circuit in Italy on Wednesday with more valuable data and more revised settings to move forward with its 2013 test and development programme.
Following-on from last week's three-day test at Misano, test riders Randy de Puniet and Nobuatsu Aoki appraised and made further improvements to the Suzuki's engine - revised for a better overall top speed - a redesigned cowling to give a higher top speed, that showed no negative effects under different circuit conditions, along with the team's newly-elected chassis design and electronics that both provide better traction control and engine braking.
The new cowling was reported to give a better top speed performance, so it was an improvement and step forward from the team's initial test of it at Misano. Back-to-back tests with Misano and Mugello also provided more positive data that the machine has improved its braking and corner-entry characteristics; plus the team also found a new direction in finding better rear grip; an area that the Test Team will look at further developing during the next few months and into 2014.
With track temperatures dry on both days - ranging between 20-36 degrees Celsius - de Puniet put in 67 laps on the opening day and Aoki ten. De Puniet's best lap was a 1'50.080 on Tuesday and today he improved his best time to 1'49.260 after a total of 53 laps of the 5.245km circuit.
Randy de Puniet: "Over these two long days we've worked a lot on the electronic mapping in different situations. We also understand that we need to work more on rear grip. We expected Mugello to be a difficult track and from this test we gave a lot of information to the engineers, which they can now work on. I'm a little sad that this was the last test for this season, as I've enjoyed riding this bike and working with the Suzuki Factory Team. I hope I will have more opportunities to ride again in the future and to continue improving this bike."
Suzuki MotoGP Test Team Manager Davide Brivio: "It was another busy test in which we again gave good information to our staff. We had some positive confirmation on a few new parts that we had a chance to test in-depth, such as the new frame, the new engine and the new cowling. Of course we also found points that need to be improved and now we have more information, some further directions and also some homework to do. Randy has helped us a lot, even if at some times we've had to ask him for such a big effort between his regular MotoGP™ races. I would like to thank Randy very much for his contribution in finding strong and weak points of our project. His comments were - and will be - important for the development work we have ahead of us in the coming months. I would also like to thank the Aspar Team which allowed Randy to be available for this testing activity.
"The team staff were also great and I'm happy that we will continue this testing job together next year as well. Now we go back testing to Japan and looking forward to the next opportunity where we will be again on the track with the other strong MotoGP™ competitors."
Suzuki MotoGP Project Leader Satoru Terada added: "We concluded today's European testing for this year, with which we have visited several circuits to find the weak points of our bike. A fast rider like Randy helped us in better understanding the level of our machine right now and so we can go back to Japan to look for the solutions. We have several directions where we can work on now and I'm very pleased that we have been able to run for many miles on-track without any trouble on the bike; this is very positive, looking at the future for our racing activity."