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Bennetts Suzuki Signs Michael Dunlop For 2017 Season

Bennetts Suzuki Signs Michael Dunlop For 2017 Season

Senior TT and 2016 Superbike winner Michael Dunlop signs to join the Suzuki team for a number of races starting with the North West race in Northern Ireland, Mr. Dunlop’s home turf. From there we’ll see him at the Isle of Mann TT — arguably his home-away-from-home — where he will go for his 14th win with his new team.

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Suzuki Strikes MotoGP Partnership With Akrapovic

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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Video: Suzuki Dominates Opening Round Of FIM Endurance Championship At Le Mans

Video: Suzuki Dominates Opening Round Of FIM Endurance Championship At Le Mans

The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team has dominated the FIM Endurance World Championship in such a laughable manner that the Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin’s championship win in 2014 is looking more and more like an aberration. After all, SERT has won six of the last eight Endurance World Championship titles, with the only notable exception being Yamaha victories in 2009 and 2014.

This year, the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team is already looking like the team to beat after dominating the season-opening race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Apparently, the motivation to erase last year’s disappointment is strong within SERT and it showed in Le Mans as the team laid waste to the competition, meeting little resistance on its way to winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the 11th time in the last 15 years. That’s domination spelled with a capital “D.”

The extent of Suzuki’s dominance even extended to its “junior team,” which ended up winning the Superstock class of the series and finishing fourth overall. The trio of Anthony Delalle, Vincent Philippe, and Eitenne Masson romped their way to a convincing win on the Suzuki GSX-R1000, further illustrating what many of us have known for a long time.

When it comes to the FIM Endurance World Championships, it’s Suzuki, then it’s everybody else. As if winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans isn’t enough vindication for the team, it also released a tribute video of the team’s performance at Le Mans in case anybody missed out on the smackdown it just laid on the historical race track in France.

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Video: Joey Gladstone Hits 217 MPH On A Wheelie Bar-Less Suzuki Hayabusa

Video: Joey Gladstone Hits 217 MPH On A Wheelie Bar-Less Suzuki Hayabusa

Professional motorcycle rider Joey Gladstone is no stranger to running demented motorcycles in a drag strip. That’s where he made his name and quite frankly, he’s become well-known for it. Recently, Gladstone showcased his motorcycle drag racing prowess at the Maryland International Raceway where he successfully rode the fastest “no wheelie bar” bike to a quarter-mile time of just 6.56 with a top speed of 217 mph.

This video showcases Gladstone’s incredible run, which was largely made possible by this heavily modified Suzuki Hayabusa that shot to that top speed without the benefit of wheelie bars installed on the back of the bike. That’s an incredible achievement, especially when you consider that hitting a top speed of 217 mph is normally reserved for modified street cars. Even in the case of motorcycles, covering that much ground so quickly usually comes with the help of the aforementioned wheelie bars instead of the more traditional drag swingarm that Gladstone’s Hayabusa had.

Any which way you want to slice it, Joey Gladstone once again showed us that when it comes to pealing off a piece of a drag strip with insane runs like this, there aren’t a lot of riders who can do it quite like him.

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Prep Yourselves Ahead Of The 2015 MotoGP Season

Prep Yourselves Ahead Of The 2015 MotoGP Season

The 2015 MotoGP season kicks off on March 30, 2015 with the Qatar Grand Prix. That means we have close to five days left before lights turn green, signalling the start of what could very well be another action-packed season of the premier motorcycle racing series in the world.

I’m obviously geeked up for the 30th to arrive and I’m pretty confident that a lot of you share in my excitement. There are a lot of reasons to get pumped up for the start of the 2015 MotoGP season and certainly, there are a lot of interesting subplots that will play out over the next eight months that should make this year another one for the books.

The most obvious plot of the new MotoGP season revolves around Marc Marquez’s quest to win his third-straight MotoGP title. That hasn’t been done since Valentino Rossi won five straight titles from 2001 to 2005. Can Marquez do it? He’s certainly in a great position to do achieve it, although I wouldn’t put it past Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo to make it interesting for the 22-year old defending champion.

That’s only a sample of what we can expect ahead of the 2015 MotoGP season. So to get you primed up for this weekend’s season-opening race at the Qatar Grand Prix, continue after the jump as I answer a few more questions on what we can look forward to for the upcoming season of MotoGP.

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Video: Suzuki Celebrates Return To MotoGP

Video: Suzuki Celebrates Return To MotoGP

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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Suzuki Takes The Name Suzuki Ecstar in MotoGP Return

Suzuki Takes The Name Suzuki Ecstar in MotoGP Return

Suzuki hasn’t been seen or heard from in the paddock of MotoGP since 2011 when the Japanese bikemaker unexpectedly departed the most prestigious motorcycle racing series in the world. Over the next three seasons, Suzuki didn’t compete in MotoGP, only appearing once last season as a a wild card entry at Valencia, Spain.

Well, Suzuki’s making a triumphant comeback this season and it’s officially returning to MotoGP as the Suzuki Ecstar team.

The Japanese company officially announced the partnership, oddly enough with its own brand of engine oil serving as the titular sponsor of the team. Guess it works better in-house in Suzuki, doesn’t it?

In addition to announcing the team’s official name, the launch also gave us the first glimpse of the newly developed Suzuki GSX-RR that the team is set to use in its first season back in MotoGP. Dressed in the team’s new livery, the pair of GSX-RR models will be ridden by Aleix Espargaro and 2013 Moto3 champion Maverick Vinales. The team definitely picked two pretty exciting young drivers to lead its comeback. In fact, Espargaro already has some experience in MotoGP, finishing last season in seventh overall place while riding for Forward Yamaha.

Suzuki’s return to MotoGP under the Suzuki Ecstar team will undoubtedly add some intrigue to the 2015 MotoGP season, as if it needs to add more storylines to the myriad of juicy subplots already being talked about in the series.

Welcome back, Suzuki. We’re glad to have you back in MotoGP.

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Video: Take a Look behind Guy Martin's Passion For Life

Video: Take a Look behind Guy Martin’s Passion For Life

The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race was once considered the most prestigious motorcycle race in the world. It’s since ceded that title to MotoGP, but rest assured, there are still a lot of people who consider themselves as avid fans of the Isle of Man TT.

For these fans, especially the current ones, the name Guy Martin usually evokes a mixed bag of reactions. Some people enjoy watching him ride with the Tyco Suzuki racing team. Others, though, are less enthused about the man, especially the way he conducts himself in front of fans and the media. I polled a couple of friends who watch the Isle of Man TT regularly and the word “mercurial” was thrown in on more than one occasion.

Whatever you think of Martin, you can’t deny that he’s a maven on two wheels. Sure, he hasn’t won the Isle of Man TT yet but since competing in the race in 2004, Martin already has 15 podium finishes to his name. That’s the mark of a man with supreme talent. So if you want to learn more about Martin and what makes him tick, the UK’s Channel 4 On Demand has released a short documentary, featuring the enigmatic rider.

In it, we get to see Martin in his thick Lincolnshire accent talk about the things that he enjoys about competing in the Isle of Man TT and what he’s like when he’s out of his racing suit and enjoying his life as a regular man. It’s probably one of the most insightful looks we’ll ever see of Guy Martin so if you’re a fan of the rider and the series, this is as good an opportunity as any to get to know the man behind the mask.

Trust us when we tell you, you’d be surprised at how the word "mercurial" gets thrown out when you see him in plain clothes, enjoying, among other things, painting his house.

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Video: Suzuki Chronicles Development of GSX-RR Ahead of 2015 MotoGP Season

Video: Suzuki Chronicles Development of GSX-RR Ahead of 2015 MotoGP Season

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.

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Track day gone wrong: anatomy of a highside

Track day gone wrong: anatomy of a highside

We just came across an interesting post on the triumph675 forum about the anatomy of a highside described by the author of the crash himself. Apparently, the rider was trying a new approach for Turn 9 of the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway and the tricky section of the track combined with a bit of dust turned out disastrous for the Suzuki SV650, while the rider walked away with nothing but a hurt pride.

The bike, which was recently fitted with new bodywork and paint, is now $3K away from another track day. Better luck next time!

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Unveiled: 2010 Rizla Suzuki GSV-R

Unveiled: 2010 Rizla Suzuki GSV-R

Rizla Suzuki has today released the first pics of the 2010 GSV-R, the 800cc MotoGP racing bike that will be ridden by Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista in the upcoming season. The bike will again distinguish thanks to the dominating Blue with RIZLA written on each side.

Althought the bike doesn’t look much different from the 2009 model, the team claims their fourth generation model is better from all points of view: acceleration, aerodynamics, chassis and electronics. Still the V4 copes with engine restrictions implemented into this year’s championship, meaning Suzuki will only supply 6 engines for all 18 races.

While it is nice seeing that reliability is also taken into concern, what happened to “the best race engine is the one that ceases right after passing the finish line”?

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2010 Suzuki GSX-R1000RR by Yoshimura

2010 Suzuki GSX-R1000RR by Yoshimura

Yoshimura uses the experience gained in AMA Superbike racing to create a limited edition Suzuki GSX-R1000. Features such as the high-lift cams, a quick shifter, numerous suspension upgrades and a full titanium-carbon exhaust are surely enough to help make an impression on the bike that comes as a clearly superior alternative to the recently unveiled Buell 1125RR racing motorcycle, which will compete in the AMA Superbike series.

The fact that the Buell motorcycle is not for sale to the general public determined Mat Mladin, former AMA Superbike Champion, to contest the AMA’s decision to let Buell’s turnkey racer compete in the series. As a contradiction to this fact, the Suzuki GSX-R1000RR is street-legal and also available to the public, which shows how racing experience always stands out when it all reduces to the facts/benefits.

Price and availability are yet to be announced, but those who miss their exemplar can very well built their own by simply buying the Yoshimura aftermarket parts and having them mounted on a standard Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Hit the jump to read the bike’s impressive features.

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Young Pamela Anderson posing as Suzuki girl

Young Pamela Anderson posing as Suzuki girl

Before receiving any tune ups, Pamela Anderson was Suzuki girl…or at least that’ what these pictures unveil. What a great way to start a prolific showbiz career! Too bad that time showed that tuning should apply only to cars and motorcycle, not women.

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The fastest women in the world on a motorcycle

The fastest women in the world on a motorcycle

Drag racing is the way to go if you plan on becoming the fastest female motorcycle rider on Earth and it seems that Jennifer Robertson has got that right. Growing up in a family that is passionate about racing, Jennifer inherited the passion for motorcycles from his father and started to rider since it was six years old.

Currently, she is riding a Turbo Hayabusa and attempts to hit 223mph – the record for the fastest women on a motorcycle – and claims “…we just got to get the bike to work. I can do it”. Well, that’s the spirit!

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The Story of the first American world motocross champion

The Story of the first American world motocross champion

Competition riders, especially the ones who dedicate their lives to motocross, ride either for the joy of winning and if that never happens, at least they had a great time doing what they know best. What I know is that the adrenaline rush pushes them to the highest culms of success and the ones that reach that point often say that they ride to be remembered.
Such a motocross rider is Brad Lackey, one of the first racers in the United States. His career unreeled in the 1970s and 1980s with (...)

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Suzuki dirt bike models of 2009 have been launched!

Suzuki dirt bike models of 2009 have been launched!

Just like Yamaha and Kawasaki, Suzuki also introduces the 2009 dirt bike range, but the models who have actually been revised are the RM-Z450, RM-Z250 and RM85. The Japanese maker focused on increasing the levels of fun, excitement and competitive so that they would like up to the start line with a clear purpose in mind: winning!

With sharpened looks and even sharper performance, this trio announces yet another successful year at Suzukis and this can’t be passed unnoticed. So you will see an increasing number of previews posted on the site, mostly concerning models of the makers I’ve just mentioned in this short news.

Honda hasn’t yet come up with any news relating its 2009 dirt bikes, but it is supposed to do so very soon. Stay tuned and give us your feedback.

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Motorcycle video of the day: ZX-R 400 vs R1 vs GSX-R 750 vs RSV 1000

Motorcycle video of the day: ZX-R 400 vs R1 vs GSX-R 750 vs RSV 1000

Here’s a lesson that all of us could take: it’s the rider not the bike that makes the difference and you can have a blast on a mid-size motorcycle too. To convince you, here’s a video where a Kawasaki ZX-R ...400 competes against three other bikes but the weird thing is that the 400cc is far from its place in this pile of cubic centimeters and watts.

Before you watch this video I must remind you that the 400cc has a maximum power output around 57HP while the other three at least three times more.

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Loris Capirossi: “Just my bad luck”

Loris Capirossi: “Just my bad luck”

Definitely the past days haven’t been easy for Loris Capirossi as the Grand Prix of China had reserved for him only a ninth position at length with the large group composed of Hayden, Melandri, Dovizioso and Lorenzo.
Even worst, during the fifth round Loris was the author of a small mistake which send it right on the twelfth place and had shown Borgo Rivola the way to a splendid comeback by turning on the same facts reported by the time World Champion in office, Casey Stoner.
Only a few (...)

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Return of the two-stroke? Perhaps!

Return of the two-stroke? Perhaps!

What if I would tell you that the Yamaha RDLC 500 V4, Suzuki RG 500 and the Honda NSR 400 have all plans of big comebacks? Your mind will immediately open the small locker in which are kept memories of the mythical and legendary two-stroke models, the smell of burned rubber and the never ending battles between riders participating in the 500cc class. Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz and Mick Doohan surely knew how to earn their place in motorcycle racing history.
Even best is the fact that (...)

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Yoshimura Suzuki Firstever Wet Test

Yoshimura Suzuki Firstever Wet Test

Yoshimura Suzuki team has put an end to their wet test at Dunlop Tires Huntsville, Ala., and finally expressed the formed impressions.
Dunlop’s figure-eight track is equipped with an extensive sprinkler system intended to simulate wet weather conditions and that is exactly what it did yesterday. It provided to the defending AMA Superbike Championship Ben Spies, six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin and two-time AMA Supersports Champion Tommy Hayden a full day of test running in the (...)

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Half price discount coupons for race fans

Half price discount coupons for race fans

Motorsports Expo Inc. and Suzuki Motorcycles and ATV’s recently announced that Suzuki Motorcycles and ATV’s will continue their sponsorship of Motorsports Expo, the largest racing themed exposition held in New York State. This means that for the fifth consecutive year, participating Upstate and Central New York Suzuki dealerships will be offering race fans discount coupons good for half off the regular admission price to the Expo.
The 2007 edition of Motorsports Expo is slated for the (...)

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