The Suzuki MotoGP Test Team spent its time at the Circuit of the Americas this week, with Randy de Puniet, Nobuatsu Aoki and 1993 World Champion Kevin Schwantz turning laps on the Austin circuit.
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“I went on the MotoGP machine after riding the GSX-R1000 Superbike and it felt like going from a 500cc to a 250cc bike,” said Schwantz, who hasn’t ridden on a MotoGP machine since 2006. “The MotoGP machine is so small and compact! The bike turns, accelerates, goes fast; it does everything and I had fun and really enjoyed it.
“With this bike you have power and braking, so you brake and accelerate and the bike does all the rest. I think Suzuki should race now – the sooner the better! You can test a lot but in the race you really understand.”
Schwantz completed 11 laps on the MotoGP machine Wednesday, with a best lap time of 2:12.75. Randy de Puniet topped the timing sheets with a 2:06.41 Wednesday, and then lowered his time to a 2:05.85 Thursday while Schwantz spent the day on the Superbike.
“We spent some time changing the settings and the gearbox ratios,” said de Puniet, who had not ridden the bike since February. “Then we continued to compare two different frames and we found again that the best one here was the one we choose in Sepang.”
After confirming the chassis choice Wednesday, the team spent Thursday testing the new engine mapping systems.
“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,” says Team Suzuki MotoGP team director, Satoru Terada.
“Now we look forward to Argentina, where we will test again on Tuesday and Wednesday after the MotoGP race.”
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