Suzuki Strikes MotoGP Partnership With Akrapovic
Suzuki Ecstar has announced a new partnership with noted exhaust company Akrapovic in a bid to improve the performance of the team’s race bikes in the current and succeeding MotoGP seasons. The tie-up between the two companies will take effect immediately so be on the look out for Akrapovic’s MotoGP exhausts on the two Suzuki GSX-RR bikes that will line up on the grid at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
The collaboration between Suzuki and Akrapovic doesn’t come as a surprise to those who know the shared history the two companies have. Even though it hasn’t reached the levels of MotoGP until now, both Suzuki and Akrapovic have worked together in the past and his familiarity could breed for another long-standing relationship moving forward.
For now, Akravpovic’s main objective is to help Suzuki Ecstar close out its first season in MotoGP since 2011 on a positive note. Given the circumstances of this season being its first in four years, the team has already yielded impressive results, scrapping up a good chunk of points thanks largely to the efforts of riders Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales.
Having the Slovenian exhaust specialist in the fold could give Suzuki Ecstar the advantage it needs to string together a number of quality performances to close out the season with a bang. It’s not that hard to imagine such a scenario given how good Espargaro and Vinales have been. Who knows, maybe a podium finish might even be in the cards? Vinales, in particular, has already come close once, finishing sixth at the Catalunya Grand Prix back in June 14, 2015.
Akrapovic could be the missing piece that puts Suzuki over the hump and create a lot of momentum as the team slowly marches its way back into the upper echelon of MotoGP.
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Why it matters
If Suzuka Ecstar wants to end the 2015 MotoGP on a high note, this partnership with Akrapovic came at the right time. Everyone knows that the team’s first year back in MotoGP wasn’t going to end with a championship. Like Aprilia, Suzuki is spending this season to gauge its place in the MotoGP hierarchy. Unlike Aprilia, Suzuki has actually produced in a lot of the races. It’s two riders have even amassed enough points to sit 10th (Vinales) and 12th (Espargaro) in the championship points table.
The team is in its proper place if it thinks it can make some noise in the second half of the season. That’s why having Akrapovic in the fold could pay off handsomely if Vinales and Espargaro can improve their performances from the first half of the season.
This partnership could also pay off in the long term as Suzuki continues to develop its new platform for the 2016 MotoGP season. The shared history between the two means that each side knows what the other can bring to the table. There’s a familiarity there that you can’t just conjure up on a whim.
Personally, I think this partnership could be one of the most unheralded storylines as we head into the final stretches of the season. I’m sure everyone’s going to be talking about the championship race as they should. But if you’re looking for a team that can make the most gains in the final races of the year, look no further than Suzuki Ecstar.