Team Suzuki Press Office – October 3.
“The other important thing apart from the podium at the race in Motorland was that we could fight at the front with both bikes and both riders finishing in good positions, facing the leading riders for a large portion of the race, and the fact that they couldn’t escape and we could keep their pace and stay close until the end – that has been a great achievement for us. Actually, Andrea was able to overtake them at a certain point, but he couldn’t hold on to the first position. Anyway, we are delighted with the performance of the riders, the bike, and the team.
As many people know, and as I mentioned above, from next season on we will compete under the same regulations as everybody else, with seven engines and limited testing time. We are very happy because this is where we wanted to be and how we wanted to fight.
Sincerely, we are very excited for the rest of the season and also because we are visiting some circuits that really suit the Suzuki well. Especially I think Phillip Island, also Motegi last year was not so bad for us, even if we had to deal with the rain. There is Sepang as well, where we used to have good performance. So let’s see what is going on in the coming races, but we are travelling to those circuits trying to continue with this positive trend and stay close to the top.
The first one in Thailand is a question mark for everybody because it’s going to be the first race in Buriram at Chang International Circuit for MotoGP. During the winter we had a very good test there, especially with Alex, so we will try to reconfirm our good feelings on that track.
Now our target remains the same for the whole season. Our job is to take advantage of any possibilities that might come to try and get onto the podium. This is what we have been doing for a few races now. We did it in Misano when Alex finished in 4th and then again in Aragon with our riders finishing 3rd and 4th. So, this is our target, and let’s hope for some more podiums before the end of the season!”