shortly after Yamaha shows the new YZR-M1, it’s time for Suzuki to show the world the 2022 version of the GSX-RR. The seventh team to unveil colors for this year’s championship, the Japanese brand enters the season with an eye on the likes of Joan Mir and Álex Rins.
Disappointed with last year’s performance, the Japanese brand sees 2022 as a fresh start. And so the arrangement did not go uncorrected either. The main novelty is the large presence of black on the front of the bike, mainly to show the number of riders.
The GSX-RR maintains a standard in-line four-cylinder engine, with a capacity of 1,000cc and 240hp of power. The chassis of the model is aluminum, and the suspension is provided by Öhlins and the brakes by Brembo. The exhaust system is made by Akrapovic. Suzuki uses a six-speed seamless gearbox.
Championed by Mir in 2020, the Japanese brand was almost beaten last year. The Spaniard even managed to get six podiums, but in a total of 18 GPs of the year, he did enough for third place in the standings, 70 behind champion Fabio Quartararo in the World Drivers’ Championship.
On the other side of the pits, the situation was even more dramatic. Rins was unrecognizable in 2020. With one podium and out of the race due to a freak accident, his younger father Lucas added just 99 points and was only 13th in the championship.
In the balance of the two drivers, Suzuki went from a dream to a nightmare. The talent of the two Spanish players has not disappeared, but the team missed the command of Davide Brivio, who left the team and worked with Alpine there. formula 1. GSX-RR project leader, Shinichi Sahara increased the responsibilities, but realized that the workload was too much for one person. The Japanese have promised a new boss for this year, but so far, no one has been introduced.
In addition to the lack of command, Suzuki has pressure from riders to improve the bike, but especially the Mir. Even without a big chance to defend the title, Joan has already shown that she has talent and can arouse interest in the competition. To extend the contract and keep him in the team, the Japanese will have to show improvement. Starting with a test from the weekend in Sepang, Malaysia.
“This off-season was very busy, with a lot of hard work, in Europe and Japan,” said Shinichi Sahara, project leader and team director. “Everyone has put a lot of effort into preparing for the new season which we hope will be more competitive. We have a lot of faith in our project, in our two drivers and we are looking forward to starting – not only testing but also racing.”
“Our GSX-RR looks spectacular and, with the support of our great sponsors, fans and team members, we want to get it to the top as soon as possible.” “In the last test in Jerez, we saw great potential from the new features, and the comments from Sylvain Guintoli, our test driver, and from Joan and Álex, were very good. For this reason, we started the winter break with positive vibes and confidence. Let’s see what we can show in this exciting season.”
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