With the Suzuki Ecstar’s team launch today, their plan for the 2018 season has become quite apparent. Project Leader Shinici Sahara stated during the launch that for every race he would like his riders Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins to “fight in the top”, “battle for podiums” and win “as many as possible”.
But, will this be possible?
Well, the main theme of the launch definitely implied the Suzuki Ecstar team are willing to “fight like never before” using 2017 as a year to learn from.
Team Manager Davide Brivio started off the launch explaining that although Suzuki had a “difficult season in 2017”, the 2017 season “has been useful” to the team as they “learnt a lot and improved the bike”. Brivio further explained that the team “will take the good from the difficulties”.
For the 2018 season, Suzuki have kept the bike very similar to last year but with minor improvements. The idea being that they have developed last years package into a more competitive version using what was learnt last year.
Team Technical Manager Ken Kawauchi highlighted that although the bike looks “very similar to last year” Suzuki have made “small changes” that will result in “effective change”.
Kawauchi explained that the most important change is the bike’s “balance”. Kawauchi stated that last year “the balance was a little bit missing” but from “last years data” the bikes balance is improving.
Suzuki will have the chance to put their hard work to the track tomorrow at the official MotoGP test at the Sepang International Circuit. Both riders seemed very eager to get on the new project running tomorrow. And so this will give a clearer indication as to whether Suzuki really can “fight for podiums” in 2018.