After former champ Kevin Schwantz stepped off the Suzuki MotoGP prototype machine following several laps of the Austin circuit earlier this week, he said the bike is good and Suzuki should start racing . . . now. Suzuki’s fastest test rider also put in several laps at Austin following the race, posting a best of 2:05.8 seconds. An impressive time for a prototype that Suzuki claims will not be ready to race until next year.
How impressive? de Puniet’s best lap at the track was faster than the fastest lap posted in the MotoGP race Sunday by nearly half the field. Faster than Scott Redding and Nicky Hayden, for instance. Schwantz opined that Suzuki will be competitive enough, and will learn more by racing. We agree. Get in the game Suzuki.
Suzuki is planning to make “wild card” entries at one or more races this year. Suzuki will be allowed the same concessions Ducati is now allowed, i.e., all the advantages of the Open class, such as 20% more fuel and a softer rear tire option, while being allowed to run its own software on the spec ECU.