/“Great” test for Suzuki
Alex Rins at the Sepang Test in 2018.

“Great” test for Suzuki

Suzuki rider Alex Rins left Sepang after a “great” test where he posted the sixth best time overall.

The Spaniard, in his second season in MotoGP, felt an improvement and acceleration in top speed on the Suzuki GSX-RR bike. Improvements which suggest could bring Suzuki closer to the top in 2018.

Team manager Davide Brivio confirmed that their testing schedule included evaluating the engine, chassis and suspension. Rins said that he was happy overall, both with the improvements and the results of a race simulation. He completed a simulation on the final day of the test. Rins was impressed with the speed and times he was able to achieve.

Rins said:

I’m really happy because we finish these three days after a lot of work and it was very productive, today has been great. We tried many things during the three days and one of them was the engine and I think we improved in acceleration and top speed. There were also more things that we tried which were positive. We tried a race simulation and it went well, good race pace, and this is important not only for confidence but for giving good feedback to Japan about their work. We tried new forks and they were also good and we worked in the electronics area as well.

Positives for Iannone

Andrea Iannone also had a positive test in Sepang, working with the new developments. He was able to compare these with what was tested in Valencia last November. By comparing base settings with the new developments, this provides a consistent place from which to test further developments.

After the test, Iannone declared:

Today as well has been a constructive day where we worked step by step with further comparisons and analysis. We’re still missing some information before being able to define a final package, this is a very important moment as we are setting up the development for the future so we need to make sure we take the right choices. The items we had to test were various and we could compare with the feeling we had also in the test last year, to have a comparison with tracks that are very different is useful to put together a package that can help us to be competitive for the whole championship.