Suzuki await new motor

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Team Suzuki MotoGP say they are pleased with consistent results from their tests in Malaysia this week and are now looking forward to testing with a new engine after the seven week MotoGP test ban which comes into force today (Dec 1).

John Hopkins tried completely new Ohlins suspension on the prototype 2006 bike and tested new Bridgestones, while new team-mate Chris Vermeulen took the time to learn the track and the GSV-R.

Hopkins notched 150 laps of Sepang with a best of 2.03.0. Vermeulen, at the Malaysian track for the first time, did 170 laps with a best of 2.04.5.

The team is back in action in Sepang for tests in late January. The 2006 season starts at Jerez, Spain, on March 26.

British-born Hopkins, said: “Everything went pretty well really, we got through a lot of stuff – probably the most I have ever got through in a test with Suzuki. We are now looking forward to the new motor coming in January and if it as good as the factory hopes it is then we can expect good things from me and Suzuki in 2006.”

Vermeulen added: “I spent the first day learning the track and getting to know the bike. I had hoped to go a bit quicker but the track was a bit greasy so that wasn’t possible.

Team Manager Paul Denning said: “We have a new look team for next season and some very exciting developments on the way that we all hope will push Suzuki back to the front of the field.”

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By MCN Staff