MotoGP: Suzuki make vital progress at Red Bull Ring test

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The Suzuki MotoGP squad of Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales made vital progress at this week’s test at MotoGP’s scenic new track in Austria, after experimenting with a number of electrical strategies and new chassis parts.

That’s according to Espargaro, who admits that he expects the squad to struggle with a lack of power when they return to the track for the first race there in three weeks’ time.


“We worked really hard, especially in the afternoon where we tried different solutions with the electronics and also a different swingarm, to try to find more traction. This circuit is very nice but the full power will play a major role; for this I expect we will be struggling a lot.

“For sure races are done by the pace also, and on this we worked hard and had positive responses. This summer break will be useful, we will take a rest from the race weekend rhythm, but this will also allow us to look at our issues with clear mind.”

However, the test should play another important role for the team, with some positive feedback for the final leg of the series.

“The second part of the season will be very tough as we will have many back-to-back races, therefore we will come here again for the race with full determination and enthusiasm.” 


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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer