2014 Suzuki GSV-R MotoGP spied testing

Although cross-plane crank inline four will put paid to the V in GSV-R

Posted: 23 May 2012
by Visordown News

Aoki testing an earlier GSV-R MotoGP prototype

A PROTOTYPE Suzuki has been spotted testing at Sugo in Japan.

The bike, thought to be the test-bed for Suzuki's 2014 1000cc MotoGP return, was being put through its paces by former MotoGP rider and veteran Suzuki development rider, Nobuatsu Aoki.

We don't have the pictures of the bike, however it's thought to be using an inline-four GSX-R engine, meaning the GSV-R title won't apply. Factory insiders say the bike isn't using a conventional firing order and is likely to be using a cross-plane crank, similar to what Yamaha used on their 990cc YZR-M1 and now their road-going YZF-R1.

Back in February, we ran a story where Nobuatsu Aoki revealed Suzuki's hope to return to MotoGP in 2013, possibly entering a wildcard before the full 2014 season.

A Suzuki-powered CRT MotoGP bike will wildcard this year at Indianapolis MotoGP, however it's thought the bike will use a GSX-R1000 engine, with a conventional firing order.

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Good. One of the "big 4" manufacturers walking away from GP racing due to cost brought it sharply into focus just how out of hand it's all got. Would be rather surprised if they used a straight forwards GSXR motor (I REFUSE point blank to use the term "gixxer") because. 1, I can spell. 2. I'm not 14 years old.

Will be very interesting to see who get's to run the team though, would very much hope they call Mr. Denning back in. And yes, I'll say it, lets have Hopper back. (Providing he's not injured).

And people say Dani's made of glass............ ;)

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 11:16

That's a good point Pagik. What riders would be good for Suzuki?

I'm thinking people like RdP, Pedrosa (his time at Repsol Honda must be numbered) and Hopper.

The team needs Schwantz. End of.

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 12:49

I think RdP wouldn't go in all honesty. And if he did, he'd be a bit of a tit if he did. That Aspar bike's not allllllll that far away, and by the end of the year, thanks mainly to RdP it'll be a lot better.

Alvaro needs to be a little nearer the front imo. He's quick and is showing good results. But it's still a full factory Honda innit..I think that as you say given another year on the GSVR it would have been a lot better. Ahhh well...such is life.

I share your view on hopper Ken. I don't think he should be no1 rider, but he should be back.

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 17:54

I certainly could be wrong. I thought he got the ride Marco had and as such was still as near to a factory Honda as they come. It's got the DCT gearbox. But I dunno what else it has, not much I suspect...lol. As I say could be wrong though.

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 23:21

It'd be great to have Suzuki back, the same goes to Kawasaki as well. The 800 rule really did bring GP to it's knees, so hopefully some stabilization will bring these guys back in.

Riders, I'm not sure, I'd love to see Hopper on the seat, he might just be having a bad patch, it happens to the best of them, a few years where things just don't go your way, If It comes back then he's certainly not too old for a GP seat. With better luck, he's a safe set of hands that on the right machine, can be very quick.

Spies, he's another, I'm sure his current run will improve, it's just a matter of when. If I'm honest, I think Spies has a huge weight on him, he's expected to beat Casey and Jorge, if he knows that he cant do it without pushing way beyond the limit all the time, it might just kill his confidence.

Bautista is a fair way off what would be classed as Factory as far as I know. I heard Marco was getting it because he's Italian and San Carlo are big in Italy, apparently they'd only spring for the Factory Spec with an Italian rider.

Bautista has an added complication though, they're running the bike on Showa suspension, Casey, Dani and Bradl are all on Ohlins, so that must be somewhat different.

I think he's a good rider and could be in with a seat. From a public point of view, I think he needs to get better finishes, but those behind the scenes might know why he's not doing so well.

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 12:36

As the man in the orthopaedic shoes said. I stand corrected Rob.

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 20:59

The Riders of choice in the Suzuki garage with current riders would have to be Crutchlow he has done well with the Yamaha and wants a Factory ride and Yamaha just dont have room and RdP as everyone forgots what he did before his injury on the Honda.

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 17:48

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