Suzuki hasn’t been involved in MotoGP since 2011 so you can imagine the excitement and buzz surrounding the company’s announcement that it’s heading back to the grid for the 2015 MotoGP season. Like any true company that sees value in generating more publicity with its return to motor racing, Suzuki didn’t waste any time producing a new documentary that highlights the development of its new - and official - MotoGP racer, the GSX-RR.
The bike itself only tells part of Suzuki’s return to MotoGP story. The team made waves last season when it emerged as a wild card entry at Valencia, Spain, but the pomp and circumstance behind that testing cameo ended with a whimper when test rider Randy De Puniet was forced to retire due to technical problems. With a full offseason under its belt, it looks like Suzuki is now armed and ready to return to MotoGP with a bang.
The team’s prospects lie in its two race riders, Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales, two young drivers that are slowly making waves in the motor racing scene. But the team’s fortunes don’t just rest on Espargaro and Vinales. Much has also been made of the maddening GSX-RR, which is currently in the middle of testing and development in time for its own maiden voyage in MotoGP. Suzuki’s decision to ditch its old V4 architecture in favor of using an inline-four engine on the GSX-RR has already paid dividends, and that in turn has drummed up enormous expectations for Suzuki, its riders, and its fancy new racing bike.
The question now is whether Suzuki has the chops to challenge two-time champion Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda team for the title. Marquez is the golden boy of MotoGP these days so the task of unseating him is daunting, to say the least. But if the Suzuki GSX-RR is all it’s being promised to be, then we might be in for an exciting 2015 MotoGP season.