HOW’S THE SUZUKI GOT SO GOOD?
We go under the skin of the stunning GSX---
t’s fair to say that the revelation of the 2016 Motogp pre- season has been Suzuki and Maverick Viñales. Coming from some strong results during 2015 and on to a much-improved motorbike for 2016, last year’s rookie of the year has been fast everywhere on the updated GSX-RR.
With that in mind, we took a look at just where the new bike is improved – and how Viñales and team-mate Aleix Espargaro will be able to stepup on their performances from last year.
Like many of the manufacturers, Suzuki seem to have been caught out by their 2016 frame design. Working to suit Michelin tyres that have evolved rapidly since the initial testing at the end of 2015, they, like Yamaha, look set to relegate the new bike to the museum. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with the 2015 machine, though, and the same sweet-handling chassis – by far the strong point of the bike – that the riders say allow them to
ride just about any line.
Suzuki have caught up with their factory rivals when it comes to
gearboxes, rolling out a fully seamless up-and-down ’box after
extensive testing. Making for smoother corner entry and exit as the ’box works to reduce the power ‘kick’
that comes from a gear change. It might be less necessary this year than last thanks to the Michelin’s superb rear grip, but when it comes to the game of marginal gains, every little