2014 'MotoGP' Suzuki could be next GSX-R1000

Speculation suggests the engine from 2014 Suzuki MotoGP prototype could be the basis for the next generation GSX-R1000

Posted: 24 May 2012
by Visordown News

Mocked version of the GSV-R prototype with GSX-R graphics

JAPANESE magazine Young Machine believe that the Suzuki MotoGP machine spied in testing could be based around the next generation GSX-R1000.

This is purely speculation, but there is some smart thinking behind the theory as Dorna have been making a lot of noise about moving the prototype machines towards CRT. With this in mind it would make sense for Suzuki to start developing their GP racer based on an all-new 2014-spec GSX-R1000 engine.

If there is the planned introduction of a stock ECU and rev limit, a GSX-R based engine shouldn't give away a huge power deficit to the full-on prototypes and it would work nicely as a marketing tool for the production bike.

The 1000cc GSV-R was spied in testing at Sugo, Japan earlier this week and trackside sources stated that the bike had an engine note similar to the Yamaha YZR-M1, and therefore could be using a cross-plane crank. This is something that Suzuki could have committed to in 2009 when the YZF-R1 was released and around the time when they would have begun development on the 2014 GSX-R.

On a side note, it's interesting to note that the very first generation GSX-R1000 was developed with half an eye on MotoGP. Even though they eventually went with a full prototype V4, the original GSX-R1000's capacity can't have been 990cc by accident...

Despite the criticisms for CRT tainting the pure-bred prototype nature of MotoGP the adoption of this model does provide an interesting outlook for the series, as shown by the Aprilia bikes on the grid at the moment, it could see manufacturers bringing forward over-the-counter GP bikes like the RGs and TZs from the late 70s/early 80s.

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I dunno what to make of all this. If IF Suzuki do go the CRT route, I reckon it would be a bit of a shame. But I can understand the reasons, they walked because it was getting far too pricey.

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 20:41

Thinking about it, it's NOT really the bike thats the issue here. It's whether or not it'd be leased or BOUGHT buy anyone else, if bought its CRT. (I think I've got this right)...

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 21:05

The bike spied is an inline 4, so wouldn't be called a GSV-R.

Also, I don't see why it would be a shame if they came back as under CRT. Better they come back under that than not at all. I think the purists can b*gger off. The sport was in danger of dying because it was too expensive, so something had to be done. And as every bike on the grid is using the same suspension (bar one), wheels, tyres and brakes, it hasn't been completely pure for a few years.

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 12:15

I think it should all be CRT!
Seems like a great idea if you can go buy a GP bike at a sensible price for privateer teams. We could be back to full grids. Top line road Sportsbikes are so focused now anyway it wouldn't matter if they became even racier. That's why Kawasaki produced the Z1000SX and Honda the CBR600F as well as ZX10 and RR models. The racing will be just as good, probably better and after all aren't WSB bikes within 2 secs?

Makes sense to me to have MotoGP all CRT spec and WSB can be restricted a bit more to make them closer to the road bikes.

I can't see any reason this would restrict technology development just that the technology will be more closely related to what you can buy.

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 14:11

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