MotoGP: Suzuki roll out rear grip-focused chassis

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The Suzuki MotoGP team have rolled out a new chassis at Monday’s Montmelò test, designed to give more rear grip from the GSX-RR to Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaró.

Built to Viñales’ specification, he says that the Suzuki engineers delivered in providing what he had requested.

“We focused on testing the evolution chassis that we already had in Valencia and I really feel more confident with it. For the race weekend here in Catalunya we decided to go back to the standard frame as it was too risky to go with the new one, but with the work we’ve done, and the new settings we tried, the improvement is significant.

“Compared to the race’s pace I could improve a lot, but also the general feeling is better, as it allows me to ride with more confidence. My request was to have more rear-grip, and Suzuki worked to modify the chassis in order to be more efficient in this area.

“Now I feel more confident in the middle part of corners and this allows me to be less aggressive on the tyres. The engineers will now study and revise all data, but I guess we will keep the evolution chassis in Assen and try to work on that as a base.” 

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer