HOW’S THE SUZUKI GOT SO GOOD?

We go un­der the skin of the stun­ning GSX---

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Motogp Preview - By Si­mon Patterson MO­TOGP REPORTER

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.

IChas­sis

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.

Gear­box

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

ad­van­tage helps.

Who’d have pre­dicted the Suzuki would be at the sharp end of the timesheets?

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