Suzuki’s long-awaited return to MotoGP is being milked by the company for all its worth. Can you blame them though? It’s been four years since we last saw Suzuki compete in the pinnacle of motorcycle racing and as much as the past few years have brought us some exciting races, it still isn’t the same without Suzuki in the mix.

Well, the House of Hamamatsu is back in the saddle, ready to return to MotoGP with a bang. To commemorate the occasion, Suzuki, or as it will come to be known, Team Suzuki Ecstar, spent some time at the company’s headquarters in Hamamatsu to celebrate its return to MotoGP.

Fitting that Suzuki would celebrate so early into the season, but I’ll give them a pass since they’re probably excited to be racing again in MotoGP. Riders Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro were both on hand and as you can expect, the celebration evolved into some kind of pep rally. Typical, isn’t it?

Once the merriment was done, the team went back to business, paying a visit to Suzuki Plaza before going to the Ryuyo Laboratory to undergo wind tunnel testing, followed by a few hot laps aboard the RM-Z450 motocross bikes.

Team Suzuki Ecstar should make the most of its time during the last vestiges of the offseason to enjoy themselves as much as possible. Once the season starts, it’s going to be game on and Suzuki should be all hands on deck if it wants to have a successful return to MotoGP.

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