MotoGP: Suzuki show off 2018 bike ahead of testing start

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Suzuki have become the latest team to take the covers off their 2018 MotoGP machine, with Alex Rins and Andrea Iannone unveiling the bike at the Sepang circuit ahead of the start of the first official test tomorrow at the Malaysian track.

Speaking at the launch, team boss Davide Brivio says a lot of hard work over the winter means that tomorrow will be an interesting day for the squad.

“This season will be our fourth since we came back to the premier class and we have to try our best to improve compared to last year’s performance. All the Suzuki engineers in the factory and the team members have been working relentlessly during the winter, and we hope we have found a good basis to restart in a good way.

“The most important thing is that we are starting again and we were able to harvest a lot of good experience from last season when we struggled so much, especially during the first three quarters of the championship. We have learnt from the difficulties and the group have stayed strong all the time despite the disappointing results.

“We have to understand how much our 2018 machine has improved, especially with the new engine spec., but also in terms of chassis. Let’s see if from the first test in Sepang we can note the improvements and better feelings for the riders, so we can concentrate on completing a nice season and pay back all Suzuki’s efforts.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer