Suzuki GSX-RR

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Suzuki GSX-RR
Maverick Viñales MotoGP-2015.JPG
Maverick Viñales, riding a Suzuki GSX-RR, at the 2015 Catalan Grand Prix.
ManufacturerSuzuki
ProductionSince 2014
PredecessorSuzuki GSV-R
ClassMotoGP prototype
Engine1,000 cc (61 cu in) four-stroke I4
Transmission6-speed cassette type
Frame typeAluminium twin-spar
Wheelbase1,457 mm (57.4 in)
DimensionsL: 2,096 mm (82.5 in)
W: 720 mm (28.3 in)
H: 1,140 mm (44.9 in)
Weight157 kg (346 lb) (based on FIM regulation) (wet)

The Suzuki GSX-RR is a road racing motorcycle developed to race in the 1,000 cc (61 cu in) MotoGP series. Officially introduced on 30 September 2014 as the GSV-R replacement, it was developed by Suzuki since 2012.

History[edit]

Early development (2012–2013)[edit]

Suzuki suspended its MotoGP activities at the end of 2011 season, citing the global economic crisis, but since 2012 a prototype was spotted testing in several occasions.[1][2] Initially the prototype was dubbed GSV-R by the media, like its predecessor.

In 2013 it started to take part in official tests, with Randy de Puniet and Nobuatsu Aoki as development and test riders. The machine was now internally codenamed XRH-1.

First race (2014)[edit]

It began officially racing at the last event of the 2014 season, the Valencian Grand Prix at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain, ridden by Randy de Puniet as a wild-card entry, who failed to complete more than half of the race.[3]

2015 season[edit]

On September 30, 2014, at the Intermot fair, Suzuki officially announced to return in the Premier class in 2015, with Aleix Espargaró and Maverick Viñales as regular riders.[4] Also, the prototype was publicly named GSX-RR.

On March 6, 2015, prior to the beginning of the 2015 season, Suzuki unveiled its MotoGP team name as Team SUZUKI ECSTAR.[5]

At the 2015 Indianapolis Grand Prix, the GSX-RR received a new exhaust from Akrapovič.

2016 season[edit]

On February 26, Suzuki debuted the 2016-spec GSX-RR. The new model has an improved engine, with an increase in power by 7 kW (9.4 hp), and adopts the standard Magneti Marelli ECU while the dimensions remained unchanged from the previous version.[6] The team also had sponsorship from PT Suzuki Indomobil Motor, through their Satria F150 and Nyalakan Nyali brands.

During the off-season 3-day test in Qatar the factory team evaluated for the first time the full seamless gearbox, which until then was a major technical lack compared to the other manufacturers. Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaró stayed for another season with the team

In the 12th round of the season at Silverstone, Viñales started from 3rd and broke away from Valentino Rossi, Marc Márquez and Cal Crutchlow and established a lead while the others battled. Viñales took his first victory in MotoGP and the first since Moto2 Malaysia 2014. This race marked Suzuki's first victory since the 2007 French Grand Prix.

Specifications[edit]

Suzuki GSX-RR in 2018, NOIDA Auto expo
2015[7] 2016[8] 2017[9]
Overall length 2,096 mm (82.5 in)
Overall width 720 mm (28.3 in)
Overall height 1,140 mm (44.9 in)
Wheelbase 1,457 mm (57.4 in)
Weight over 160 kg (353 lb) over 157 kg (346 lb)
Engine Type Water-cooled, Four-stroke,
DOHC 4 Valve, inline-four engine
Displacement 1,000 cc (61 cu in)
Max Power over 169 kilowatts (227 hp) over 200 kilowatts (270 hp)
Top Speed over 330 kilometres per hour (205 mph) over 380 kilometres per hour (236 mph)
Fuel Capacity 24 L (5.3 imp gal; 6.3 US gal) 22 L (4.8 imp gal; 5.8 US gal)
Frame Type Aluminum Twin Spar
Suspension Front: Inverted telescopic fork (Öhlins)
Rear: Link type (Öhlins)
Brakes Front: Double carbon disk/steel disk (Brembo)
Rear: Single steel disk (Brembo)
Wheels Front: 16.5 inch
Rear: 16.5 inch
Front: 17 inch
Rear: 17 inch
Tyres Bridgestone Michelin

Complete MotoGP results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Tyres Team No. Rider 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points RC Points MC
2014 B QAT AME ARG ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER IND CZE GBR RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL
Team Suzuki MotoGP 14 Randy de Puniet Ret 0 NC 0 NC
2015 B QAT AME ARG ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER IND CZE GBR RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 25 Maverick Viñales 14 9 10 11 9 7 6 10 11 11 Ret 11 14 11 Ret 6 8 11 97 12th 137 4th
41 Aleix Espargaró 11 8 7 7 Ret Ret Ret 9 10 14 9 9 10 6 11 9 7 8 105 11th
2016 M QAT ARG AME ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER AUS CZE GBR RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 25 Maverick Viñales 6 Ret 4 6 3 6 4 9 12 6 9 1 5 4 3 3 6 5 202 4th 208 4th
41 Aleix Espargaró 11 11 5 5 6 9 Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret 7 Ret 7 4 Ret 13 8 93 11th
2017 M QAT ARG AME ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER CZE AUS GBR RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 29 Andrea Iannone Ret 16 7 Ret 10 10 16 9 Ret 19 11 Ret Ret 12 4 6 17 6 70 13th 100 4th
42 Álex Rins 9 Ret DNS 17 21 11 16 9 8 17 5 8 DSQ 4 59 16th
12 Takuya Tsuda 17 0 27th
50 Sylvain Guintoli 15 17 17 0 27th

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 Suzuki GSV-R Spotted – The Inline-Four Cometh?". asphaltandrubber.com. 23 May 2012.
  2. ^ "2014 Suzuki GSV-R Spotted Again". asphaltandrubber.com. 5 February 2013.
  3. ^ MotoGP Valencia Results, Motorcycle USA, November 9, 2014 Retrieved 18 November 2014
  4. ^ "Suzuki return to MotoGP with Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales in 2015". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Suzuki unveils its MotoGP team name as Team SUZUKI ECSTAR". suzuki-racing.com. Suzuki Motor Corporation. 6 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Suzuki launch 2016 MotoGP Campaign". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 26 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Suzuki reveals its GSX-RR MotoGP bike". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 30 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Official Suzuki GSX-RR Specifications". suzuki-racing.com. Suzuki Motor Corporation. 26 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Suzuki GSX-RR DNA". suzuki-racing.com. Suzuki Motor Corporation. 29 January 2017.

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