Suzuki — 50 years of racing

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Suzuki – 50 years of racing

by Don Cox on June 25, 2010

Perched on a car in freezing weather and while a cine camera, might a strange way to begin an international program. But that was what Isle of Man residents for several in February 1960 — when came to recce the world’s famous race circuit.

boss Yoshichika Maruyama was the man Urban Shell company Jimmy Matsumiya drove the car. Their mission was to the race department with the of classic racing, after president Shunzo Suzuki had his company would take on the

Their first shock was to the entire 61km circuit was

Suzuki’s three-man team of Matsumoto, Michio Ichino and Ray Fay finished 15th, 16th and in the 1960 125 TT on their two-… singles. But they learned and, crucially, saw the best of the day, the East German

Suzuki embarked on a full GP in 1961, with rotary induction 125s and 250s. were again disappointing, but changed thanks to two significant at the Isle of Man.

First, competition manager Lew Ellis a modest but determined New Zealander Hugh Anderson for a Suzuki

Second, Jimmy Matsimuya he shared an interest in jazz Ernst Degner, MZ’s rider and championship rival of works Honda rider Tom

Degner wanted to defect to the and knew the secrets of Walter two-… racers. Suzuki was to assist, in return for a technical

The actual defection happened after the Swedish GP in September Degner brought with him parts and his knowledge. The price was to be 10,000 pounds – a bargain.

went to Japan and helped development of the next generation racers. In 1962 he won the newly 50cc world championship and Suzuki’s first IoM TT victory.

In 1963 history was made Mitsuo Ito became the only rider to win a TT aboard the Suzuki

Anderson won four championships in the three seasons, including a double in 1964. Germany’s Georg Anscheidt won three 50cc crowns in 1966-68.

officially withdrew from GP after 1968, but success with ex-works machines. In a young Barry Sheene an impressive second to Spanish star Angel Nieto in the 125 championship, riding a 1967-model bike.

Australia’s Jack Findlay the first rider to win a 500 GP on a two-… when he won the 1971 Ulster GP at – using a converted Suzuki road-bike engine.

The factory 500 racing in 1974 with a team and a new rotary disc-valve four” racer. Sheene and were the factory riders. In 1975 Sheene won the Dutch TT, the 500 team’s first victory.

Giacomo Agostini became the rider to win the premier-class crown on a machine in 1975. But Sheene the 1976 and ‘77 seasons for Suzuki – against a field of private

The company had launched the RG500 Mk I in A replica of the 1975 works it sold initially at a subsidised and overnight it became the mainstay of the 500 GP

Marco Lucchinelli and Franco recaptured the riders’ 500 championship for in 1981-82, riding for Roberto team.

However, the next hero was a skinny Texan. Schwantz won the championship in 1993. Daryl Beattie was runner-up to Michael Doohan in 1995.

again proved elusive Suzuki made a key double for 1999, hiring Kenny Jnr and Australian race engineer Willing. Roberts was runner-up in and won the crown in 2000.

Suzuki switched to four-… with the birth of MotoGP in Chris Vermeulen recorded the first four-… GP victory and its 90 th win in the class at Le Mans in 2007.

RM63 Hugh Anderson,

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