Suzuki working on new bike for 2015

By Matthew Birt -

MotoGP

 09 May 2014 10:01

Suzuki will roll out a heavily revamped new 1000cc MotoGP bike in time for the start of the 2015 pre-season testing campaign in Valencia in early November.

There is no doubt the Japanese factory, which went into self-imposed exile at the end of 2011, is not returning next year to play second fiddle to dominant rivals Honda and Yamaha, with team boss Davide Brivio outlining Suzuki’s big development plans to MCN.

The bike currently being developed by Randy de Puniet is nothing like the final version that will be evaluated in the traditional post race test in Valencia, according to Brivio.

Future upgrades include a brand new chassis and engine package.

Brivio told MCN: “We know we need more power from the engine and in the factory they are working on that. We have found a good chassis but the bike we have now won’t be the bike we have in Valencia. We will have some more development steps but these will be quite big steps. We will see a final spec in Valencia and then we will start the normal development that every manufacturer does. The bike we will use at the test in Valencia will be a lot different to the current bike. We will have a new chassis, engine and also electronics.”

Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, Aleix Espargaro and Eugene Laverty have already been linked with a Suzuki seat next year.