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Suzuki concludes test session in Austin

Suzuki concludes test session in Austin

The Suzuki MotoGP Test Team has come to the end of its test at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas and is now ready to move on to Argentina at the end of the month.

Once again, Thursday saw test riders Randy de Puniet and Nobuatsu Aoki being joined on-track by Kevin Schwantz, the 500 World Champion of 1993. Also present was the Yoshimura Suzuki AMA Superbike team, while track temperatures reached 39 degrees Celsius to surpass those of the previous day. De Puniet racked up 62 laps with a best time of 2’05.85, which beat his time from Wednesday by just over half a second.

Randy de Puniet:
"I’m happy that we have found a big improvement on throttle connection and traction control. We also worked some time to find the right setting with the new electronics and in the end we found a good compromise. We continued to work on the chosen chassis and it worked really well today; so the package is definitely better and I wanted to have an extra day to be able to continue the work, as yesterday we spent most of the time setting up the bike for the new circuit along with the new electronics. Also, I have not been riding for a few weeks and I needed to get the feeling back.

"Anyway, today on the race tyre, we improved a lot from yesterday’s lap times and found a good pace. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to try some sort of time attack by the end of the day, as we had a small problem on the bike and we lost the last half-hour on the track. But I feel we had the potential to further improve our performance. Now we’ll go to Argentina, which is a completely new circuit, but I’m glad we will go there soon and hopefully I will be still hot from this test."

Satoru Terada, Project Leader and Team Suzuki MotoGP Team Director:
"We brought new specifications of engine and chassis here and found a good mixture. We also worked on combining a good electronic setting to this new engine-spec and we are happy with the results. Also today, we confirmed our chassis choice.

"Our performance in terms of lap times could have been better by the end of the day, but the important point is that we leave Austin with good information about our bike and about this circuit. We also had time to enjoy Kevin Schwantz riding our latest MotoGP™ bike and to share the circuit with the Yoshimura Team, supported by Suzuki Motor of America. Now we look forward to Argentina, where we will test again on Tuesday and Wednesday after the MotoGP™ race."

The upcoming visit to Argentina will be to the new Termas de Rio Honda circuit, which will first be hosting Round 3 of the 2014 season on Sunday 27 April.

MotoGP, 2014

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