MotoGP: Rizla Suzuki unconcerned by new engine delay

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Suzuki boss Paul Denning has played down fears Suzuki is concerned about the performance of its 2008 factory GSV-R engine.

While Chris Vermeulen tested a new 2008 prototype factory GSV-R in Valencia, Sepang and Phillip Island before the testing ban kicked in on December 1, the new motor was still under development in Japan.

The V4 engine will not make its debut until testing resumes on January 22, 2008 at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, having not been deemed ready to roll out for Chris Vermeulen and new team-mate Loris Capirossi to test beforehand.

Rizla Suzuki team boss Paul Denning told MCN: “I think at this stage the engine fundamentally is not so different.

“It’s the same V4 and the same V-angle. It’s got some quite interesting new technology in it that does take time to implement in terms of durability and consistency.

“We have managed to have incredible durability last year, not having a single breakdown and we don’t want to blot that copybook.

“We don’t want the riders in the pit when they should be learning about the chassis and the tyres.

“We want the new motor when it’s got a measurable increase in performance on the one and when we can run all day on it without any dramas.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt