News 26 Nov 2015

Suzuki MotoGP team debuts seamless gearbox in Malaysia

Vinales and factory test riders conclude Sepang test schedule.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR has completed a successful private test session at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia this week, where Maverick Vinales and the test team debuted Suzuki’s new seamless gearbox on the GSX-RR.

Vinales was supported in the two-day test by Takuya Tsuda and Nobuatsu Aoki, who ran many laps to supply Suzuki’s R&D department in Japan with useful information and data before the winter break.

“These have been two very intense days but the outcome of the test is positive,” said team manager Davide Brivio. “We had few things to test, among which we managed to test the new seamless gearbox and I am happy that Maverick had a first positive impression. We also had the chance to compare some chassis parts and gathered important information for the winter development.

“We also started to work with the 2016 unified software – the test team already started with it in Valencia a couple of weeks ago – and we also gave it to Maverick. On this area we still have much work to do but the start was positive.

“For us this test has been very important to give the directions to work-on in the winter that we were called to do. We also tested new tyres for Michelin and found some good improvements to be worked on further in the future.

“In February we will be testing here again for the first IRTA test and we will try to finalise then even further improvements, especially in electronics. Unfortunately, Aleix could not join us so he will have a chance to test those items in February, hopefully after further improvements.”

Unfortunately, Aleix Espargaro couldn’t join in because of the injury he suffered recently while training that caused him a flexion fracture to a vertebrae and required a two to three-week layoff.

New items tested by Vinales, Tsuda and Aoki were the new Michelin tyres and unified software, which will be introduced from 2016 to all MotoGP teams, but also the long-awaited seamless gearbox that equipped both the test machine and Vinales’ Factory GSX-RR. Together with many improvements in set-up configuration and electronics, the three riders carried out intensive work and left the test very satisfied with the progress.

Vinales reported that he had very good feeling with the evolution of his GSX-RR and gave positive feedback about the new seamless gearbox, along with the new electronics. All areas are still to be explored and developed further in Japan over the winter.