Suzuki on cloud nine
‘When you see Valentino to the side of you on the podium it means a lot’
While Sunday’s stunning win might have been a huge day for Maverick Viñales, it was arguably an even bigger occasion for his Suzuki team. Coming after a long barren spell in the premier class for the Hamamatsu factory.
Taking their first win in dry conditions since Kenny Roberts Junior signed off his title-winning season in 2000 at Valencia, the move signifies a return to the top level of the sport for the manufacturer.
And to make it all the sweeter, it comes after a difficult run for both Suzuki riders as they struggled in the damp conditions of Assen, Brno and Sachsenring to find a competitive pace.
But, with their wet weather performance improving as their race department, tiny compared to their Japanese rivals, continues to learn, technical manager Ken Kawauchi was a happy man on Sunday afternoon.
“The race was perfect. In the last three races we have been somewhat stressed because we felt we couldn’t achieve the results we deserved, because of some troubles with the weather conditions. We knew we had the potential and Sunday’s result is the evidence that we were right. This came from a perfect job of the rider and the team and the engineers at home; they all gave their best and this allowed us to achieve this result.”