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Brivio says electronics and engine performance are focal points for Suzuki

Brivio says electronics and engine performance are focal points for Suzuki

Suzuki this week officially announced their 2015 MotoGP™ plans and Team Manager Davide Brivio says the factory are specifically working on electronics and engine performance in order to hit the ground running once they return to racing.

On Tuesday Suzuki unveiled their plans for re-entering the MotoGP World Championship at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany. The Japanese firm has been absent from the championship since 2011, but is set to return with an all-new bike, a new Team Manager in Brivio and two new riders, Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales.

Speaking at the Cologne event, Brivio provided some details of how the manufacturer’s project is evolving as they get ready to race again…

Can you tell us if the new bike uses any parts from the old GSV-R MotoGP bike?

“No, the GSX-RR is completely new. It's a total redesign from a blank sheet of paper.”

Why has Suzuki moved to an inline-four design?

“Well, to be closer to our production bikes. One of the aims of participation in MotoGP is to develop technology to transfer to production bikes. So using the same engine layout there means stronger links to our production. That’s the target.”

What problems have you had so far? During development, what was the big headache for you?

“Now we are working a lot on the electronics, because the electronics are very sophisticated in MotoGP and we have been out for a few years, so we need to recover. And also we are working on engine performance - not so much the top speed of the engine - but more the drivability of the engine and the power. We have to enter and see where we are, see how much work we have to do.”

How close are you just now? What is your expectation for 2015?

“We have to try to, I think, get close with Ducati, even though they have been struggling for many years. Then we can see the way to the top.”

MotoGP, 2014

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