Ma­jor changes to the Suzuki to make it a Se­nior win­ner

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

Michael Dun­lop claimed he ar­rived on the Isle of Man with a “brand new bike” af­ter the Ben­netts Suzuki squad made whole­sale changes to the new GSX-R Suzuki, fol­low­ing the North West 200.

“We made changes to the chas­sis, the en­gine, the ig­ni­tion, the fu­elling, ev­ery­thing af­ter the North West,” the 28-year-old ex­plained.

Dun­lop made a low key de­but on the new Suzuki at the NW200 in May, with his best re­sult com­ing in the fea­ture su­per­bike race where he fin­ished fourth just be­hind Ian Hutchin­son.

Among the most sig­nif­i­cant changes was a re­turn to the stan­dard swingarm as the Yoshimura made com­po­nent was dis­carded.

Team boss Stu­art Hicken ex­plained: “We ran the stan­dard swingarm be­cause we can’t get a lin­ear link with the fac­tory arm. It’s not pos­si­ble where the pick-up points are and a lin­ear link is what works at most places.”

There were also ma­jor changes to the Suzuki’s fu­elling and elec­tron­ics and the team also faced a whole new chal­lenge af­ter the en­gine fail­ure in the open­ing Su­per­bike TT, which saw Dun­lop re­tire from the lead on lap two.

“We just had to build it with a wee bit dif­fer­ent spec on the mo­tor which prob­a­bly didn’t give us the power we should have had, but at the end of the day, the end prod­uct has to last.”

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