Cash injection not answer to improving Suzuki GSV-R

Published: 18 December 2008

Factory boss Paul Denning doesn’t believe Suzuki has to increase its budget to compete with the likes of Yamaha, Ducati and Honda in the 2009 MotoGP world championship.

Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi were only eighth and tenth respectively in the standings last season as the GSV-R had a disappointing second assault in the 800cc era.

Suzuki is already working on a radically revamped V4 for next season to bridge the gap to rivals like Yamaha and Ducati, but Denning denied that meant a fresh injection of funds, despite the global economic crisis.

Suzuki announced this week that it would withdraw from the World Rally Championship after just one season due to the financial slowdown. The move though has no impact on Suzuki’s MotoGP effort.

Denning told MCN: “For us it is not a question of budget to go quicker. It is a question of using the existing budget, making the right decisions and making sure the priorities are focused on. I don’t think Suzuki needs to spend more money. I think the budget it appropriate technically to get the job done. It’s a question of making the right decisions and not more expensive decisions.”

Suzuki has restructured its racing department ahead of next season, with Technical Manager Shinichi Sahara moving to the role of Group Leader for the MotoGP project.

Denning added: “Now there is a more clearly defined relationship between development and performance target and I think even the recent Phillip Island test showed us that every single new part we bolted on the bike was for a logical reason instead of a designers idea we thought might work.”