News 5 Sep 2016

British MotoGP win the result of 'perfect job' for Suzuki

Grand prix technical manager celebrates return to victory lane.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Suzuki’s MotoGP technical manager Ken Kawauchi has hailed the brand’s first grand prix victory since returning to the sport in 2015, after Maverick Vinales dominated Silverstone’s British Grand Prix on Sunday.

Vinales, 21, captured his maiden premier class win and also Suzuki’s first in the modern era since Chris Vermeulen won at Le Mans in 2007. It’s a deserving result with huge amounts of development being put into the current GSX-RR race bike.

“Today’s race was perfect,” he explained. “In the last three races we have been someway stressed because we felt we couldn’t achieve the results we deserved, because of some troubles with the weather conditions, we knew we had the potential and today’s result is the evidence that we were right.

“This came from a perfect job of the rider and the team and the engineers at home; they all gave their best and this allowed us to achieve this result. Also Aleix [Espargaro] did a very good race, he finished in seventh and after the tough races he has had recently, it is a good result.”

With Vinales moving onto Movistar Yamaha alongside Valentino Rossi in 2017, Team Suzuki Ecstar has signed current Ducati hard-charger Andrea Iannone to partner Moto2 front-runner Alex Rins for the next two seasons.