Kevin Schwantz on the future of Suzuki MotoGP Sport Rider

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Kevin Schwantz on the future of in MotoGP


Kevin hasn’t lost the desire to win took him to the 1993 500cc Championship, which makes happening at Suzuki that harder to watch.

In the 153 races of the era, both 990cc and Suzuki has a grand total of one by Chris Vermeulen in worsening conditions at the 2007 French Prix in Le Mans. This Spaniard Alvaro Bautista 13th overall, with a of fifth place twice, Loris Capirossi ended a worst 16th after to finish half the races.

One of the low of the Suzuki MotoGP era came in year’s Australian Grand at Phillip Island. Vermeulen 15th with a time of Riding a Honda CBR1000RR the restrictive Aussie Superbike Wayne Maxwell’s fastest lap on race tires was a 1:32.316.

lap wasn’t much faster Vermeulen’s, but considering the level of Suzuki was worth at least 100 as much as the production Honda—the was a huge embarrassment for the MotoGP

Schwantz has been interested in management for several years. have been flirtations time to time—there was talk he was to set up a team under Jorge Martinez a few years back—but his team management role when he led the American Honda team in this year’s Red Indianapolis Grand Prix.

He close to a number of team including Stuart Shenton, his chief from the 90’s who was laid off along with a of other team members. Schwantz isn’t Suzuki’s recent world champion—Kenny Jr. won the ‘00 500cc World Championship—he is most iconic modern and beloved worldwide.

With the engine displacement increasing to in 2012, and production-based engines allowed, Schwantz saw an opportunity to Suzuki a head start. He to spearhead a test team would develop the 1000 young riders in 2011, also giving them a to do a few wild cards. And he also want Suzuki to be stuck just one rider at every in 2011.

“I said that to Suzuki, I ‘Hey, here’s a way to not have to be with that loophole of you only having one rider is going to make a bunch of mad,” he said. “The I got back from them ‘We’re not interested in that. How we lease you bikes for €8 million million)?’ And I just never responded. Are you kidding?” Asked if was for one or two riders, Schwantz said he even asked for verification. You you can get Hondas right now for three (€3 /$4.1 million) for one rider and a

The Rizla Suzuki MotoGP under Paul Denning going anywhere and hasn’t for time. Certainly there’s of blame to go around, but ultimately it on the team leader. Denning has expressed his disappointment with the performance, but nothing much has

And the team has become something of a stock, especially considering how racing is taken by Yamaha, and Ducati.

At the 2010 season in Valencia, Suzuki announced were cutting back to one the Spaniard Bautista. Well then, Capirossi had moved on to the Racing Ducati team.

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was some belief Suzuki was pressure from series Dorna to field two bikes, but believe they’re operating the confines of the contract, which after 2011.

Knowing Schwantz went to Dorna to a test team that be a precursor to the 2012 MotoGP “We’re going to start that 1000cc production engine, build our own chassis, try and up with something that we can be competitive than these two kind of where they are the bike right now,” said, “and the authorities at I mean (CEO) Carmelo thought it was great.” Schwantz to use the second Suzuki GSV-R800 as a card bike, working a variety of young riders in countries, working with team members and “try and get set up so that in 2012 you run the team, guys have your in place, your supplies; it’s production-based you have two as the factory team and supply to the satellite team.”

The initial response was that was cutting back to one rider, Schwantz doesn’t feel is to save much money. He out that they were going to have to take two They’re going to fly so many in. It’s not going to be a half of the saving.

You’re still to be spending three-quarters of the money.” And the of the 1000 will be done in using Suzuki’s test and Suzuki’s test track.

“I like if we had the opportunity to do four or wild cards, half a wild cards next some different riders, countries, maybe some up and people, start to try some new in the team, we’d be able to our 1000s, ride the 800 and go, ‘Wow, thing does this. thing doesn’t do any of that,’” said. “You’d have a good comparison and a benchmark to run off of. But I they feel like chassis-wise, maybe development-wise, wants to stay closer to the of where changes could be at Suzuki right now, of sending the engine out, the chassis out.

“Everybody that I tell what it is that I’ve or what I’ve tried to do, do you even bother?’ And I guess because I know all the guys in the as well as I do and I know that and I know Suzuki and I know they’re capable of building. I they need a little bit of They need somebody can get in there and sell the package and up and try to find some funding.

I’m not saying I can step in and find $10 for them.

“When I mentioned the team, I actually had a person who was to fund the test team to a extent as long as he knew in the grand prix team at the was going to be mine. And they that as well.” Schwantz’s is that if Suzuki thought he had for the test team, “I’d €8 million to lease an 800.”

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