MotoGP: Suzuki reveal 2022 livery at Sepang
The 2022 Suzuki MotoGP livery has been revealed during a presentation held inside the team’s garage at Sepang.
This year’s GSX-RR livery has been tweaked to include more black features. Alongside the regular blue and silver, black can be found at the front, acting as the background to each rider’s number. The bike’s wings are now blue, rather than black.
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Black remains on the belly pan, accompanying the Monster Energy logo, whilst Estrella Galicia 0,0 now appears on each side of the fairing, becoming a much more prominent sponsor of the team. An updated team logo, a combination of retro and modern Suzuki stylings, can also be found on the bike, clothes, leathers, and team trucks.
The team are in Malaysia for the first official pre-season test of 2022, which takes place this weekend (February 5-6). Joan Mir and Alex Rins will once again represent the team this season, and both riders will be hoping for more competitive campaign.
Mir’s title defence ended with no victories last season; however, the Spaniard still ended the year third overall – 70 points behind new champion, Fabio Quartararo. Mir secured six poles throughout the year.
“I took some time during the winter to relax and shut off after a tricky 2021 season,” Mir said. “I was happy to finish third in the championship but I’m hungry for more, and it was important to reset so that I could focus 100% on achieving my maximum. My pre-season training has gone well and I’m feeling fit and ready to attack.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on my bike, the tests that took place at the end of last year showed an improved performance that I’m happy with, so now it’s time to show the new livery and put more laps in ahead of the season start in around one month’s time.”
2021 proved to be a tough year for Rins, who suffered five DNFs and sustained broken arm after a cycling accident prior to the Catalan Grand Prix. Rins was cycling around the circuit when he rode into a van whilst looking down at his mobile phone. Rins ended the year 13th overall with 99 points.
“The new GSX-RR looks amazing, and it also performs well! I’m really happy to be nearing the start of a new season,” Rins said. “I’ve done a lot of training during the break, not only in the gym but also on my GSXR1000R street bike. However, nothing compares to our race bike at the circuits.
“It’s nice to reunite with the team, we are all focused on the same goal, and I trust in them, we’ve all shown that we’re ready to achieve great things. The test days will be important, but we can’t wait for the first race in Qatar!”
Following the Sepang test, the MotoGP paddock will spend three days at the all-new Mandalika International Street Circuit in Indonesia on February 11-13. The new season will then begin with the first race in Qatar on March 6.