Suzuki hat das MotoGP-Team für 2020 mit Alex Rins und Joan Mir offiziell präsentiert. Das 60-jährige Renn-Jubiläum der Marke mit dem zackigen S wird mit einem neuen Design zelebriert, den neuen Look stellt ein Mix aus Blau und Silber sicher. Suzuki stieg 1960 bei TT auf der Insel Man in den GP-Sport ein, mit einem 50er Zweitakt-Renner. Zwei Jahre später gelang Ernst Degner der erste GP-Sieg für Suzuki und am Jahresende auch gleich noch den 50er WM-Titel. Über die Jahrzehnte heimste die Motor-Company aus Hamamatsu noch weitere 14 WM-Titel ein. Letztes Jahr gelangen Alex Rins beim Texas-GP und im britischen Donington zwei MotoGP-Siege.
Die Stimmen der Beteiligten im O-Ton:
Álex Rins: »Last season brought me one of the most exciting feelings on earth which was to win my first MotoGP race. It was a dream come true, and the second victory felt amazing too. I will bring those emotions with me into 2020, as well as the awareness of the growth that I’ve made. One of the most important lessons I’ve learnt is how to better manage a race, especially when I’m leading or fighting. I will carry the special livery for the 60 years in racing and this makes me proud. One of the best things about being with Suzuki is that I feel a real family atmosphere, I don’t know if it was also like that in the past, but to me it feels like something they have in the Suzuki DNA, together with constantly striving to win, and I think this really makes a difference. Now in 2020 we have to stay focused and get good results, more podiums for sure and hopefully also more wins. This is the path to success, I believe: little by little, step by step, with hard work all together.«
Joan Mir: »For sure my expectations for 2020 are much higher than last year, because I’m not a rookie anymore. We ended last season on a good path, with consistent improvements that helped me to overcome the difficulties that came from the crash in Brno and led me to have some very positive races at the end of the season. The first year has been a learning one, the MotoGP machine is such a beast that you have to learn how to control it, and I had huge support from all of my team. Now I want to build on my experience and start placing my name among the top riders. I have trained very well during winter, I have focused on physical preparation and also on smoothness in riding, which is one thing that my GSX-RR requires, I think. Beside this, I’m really eager to get on my MotoGP machine again in Sepang and start to improve further. It´s going to be an important year for Suzuki and the blue-silver livery looks amazing on my GSX-RR.”
Davide Brivio – Team Manager: »The 2019 season was important for us because we showed consistent progress throughout the whole year, and I believe this is the right path to success. Alex got two wins which was our target before the season and then another podium. We learnt a lot and it was another important step for Alex and for the Team. We are also very happy with Joan because he showed steady progress and overcame the significant injury he got in Brno to end the season with some very solid races. Not only the results have been outstanding, but also the whole approach to the race weekend and the working methodology. On both sides we can take good lessons from 2019 into 2020. Of course this will be a special year for Suzuki as it’s the 60th year in racing, so we feel even more motivated to do well. Our Engineers in Japan have worked on several items and small details, other than engine, during the winter trying to improve our good package. The riders are ready and excited, so I believe we have to set our target to improve again and again the performance of the team with both riders.«
Ken Kawauchi – Technical Manager: »Since the very beginning, the DNA of Suzuki has been to develop a good starting package and then build on it with small but steady technical steps. This strategy has paid off in the last few years with podiums and victories in the MotoGP modern era, and I believe that it can work in the future as well. We have already developed a new engine spec which was appreciated by our Test Rider Guintoli, and our Factory riders Rins and Mir at the Valencia and Jerez Tests. So this is likely to be the base from where we will start testing in Sepang and Qatar before the beginning of the season. During the winter we have worked to develop new solutions for the chassis and set up, as well as the electronics. The fairings will play an important role as well, and we are going to test some solutions that hopefully can help to improve the overall performance.«