Major changes to the Suzuki to make it a Senior winner
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.”