Japanese manufacturer Suzuki is the latest MotoGP team to unveil its race bike, the GSX-RR at Sepang ahead of the official test. The factory team's all-new MotoGP line-up includes Andrea Iannone, 2016 Austrian GP winner and Alex Rins, a former Moto2 title contender.
The unveiled GSX-RR model features a restyled livery with more catchy yellow stripes on Suzuki's famous blue base. The manufacturer has also decided to reboot its MotoGP project, following the loss of Maverick Vinales, who have Suzuki's first win in the premier class since 2007.
Technically speaking, the 2017 GSX-RR is described as an evolution of race winning 2016 machine. The new race bike has got some tweaking to the engine, chassis and electronics. Both Iannone and Rins will ride in new colours at the official test on Monday at Sepang.
Suzuki team boss, Davide Brivio said, "We have a lot of pressure because Suzuki has a lot of history, great riders, great achievements. With this project, we try to renew this and bring this back.
"It's a good motivation for everybody to try to continue this tradition and bring back Suzuki to the top. What we have done so far is quite surprising. Everything was new two years ago, and managing to win a race last year was amazing. We are excited to improve as much as we can. It's good that we won, but this has to be just the starting point."
At the post-race test at Valencia, Iannone finished in fourth and also tested the GSX-RR on the first day of the Jerez test later in the same month. However, Rins rode for only one day and was forced to stop the test due to an injury to his back.