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Team Suzuki Steps Up at Catalunya

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Aleix Espargaro

The Suzuki MotoGP team has had one of the best handling bikes in the paddock this year, but has been missing horsepower and top speed.  This weekend at Catalunya, both factory Suzukis have new engine specifications that have already proved effective during the first day of practice.

As an added advantage, both of Suzuki’s Spanish riders consider Catalunya their home track, and they have countless laps there. Aleix Espargaro put his Suzuki at the top of the time sheets today with a very quick lap, nearly 3/10ths clear of second quickest Marc Marquez (Honda). Teammate Maverick Viñales was fifth quickest. Both riders showed good consistency that may translate into improved race pace, as well.

Although Espargaro has generally been quicker, rivals point to young Maverick Viñales as a future MotoGP star. It will be interesting to see how both Team Suzuki riders fare this weekend, but we could see a fourth manufacturer fighting for a podium spot on Sunday.

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Maverick Viñales

8 Comments

  1. mickey says:

    Well knock me over with a feather.. Espargaro gets pole, Vinales 2 nd. That is unbelievable! Good luck in the morning guys!

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      I know, right. Suzuki must run the maps at the ragged edge of engine reliability for qualifying. I am glad to see them making progress.

  2. Mugwump says:

    It’s going to be awhile for Suzuki to remove the visions in my head of Hopkins kicking a smoldering motorcycle.

  3. Dave Joy says:

    It would be great to see another team fighting for a podium spot, especially Suzuki!

  4. mickey says:

    This is excellent. Don’t expect it to stand thru qualifying but it is a great sign for Team Suzuki.

  5. Kiwi Morgan says:

    Good to see Suzuki improving, but their top speed is still a way down. I hope they can keep it up on race tyres. Espargaro deserves a podium!