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Jun 17, 2013

Suzuki To Return To MotoGP In 2015, Not 2014

Suzuki's new MotoGP prototype.
Suzuki Motor Corporation will officially return to the FIM MotoGP World Championship in the 2015 season, not in 2014 as has been widely speculated.

That’s the word from a press release issued today by the Japanese company, which left MotoGP at the end of the 2010 season.

The release went on to identify former Yamaha factory Team Manager Davide Brivio as the Team Manager for Suzuki’s “Europe testing team in 2013” and Randy De Puniet as its “development rider.”

The release also confirmed that the current Suzuki prototype is powered by a 1000cc inline four engine.

De Puniet and Suzuki test rider Nobuatsu Aoki ran the new Suzuki prototype alongside the rest of the MotoGP field during an official test Monday at Catalunya.

The text of Suzuki's official press release follows:

Suzuki Motor Corporation will return to FIM Road Racing Grand Prix MotoGP in 2015.

After two years suspension since 2012, Suzuki Motor Corporation has organised its test team to undergo more practical running tests at its advanced development stage and will participate in the official joint testing to be held at the Catalunya circuit in Spain. Through continuing running tests at the circuits inside and outside Japan for further development and refinement, Suzuki Motor Corporation will participate again in MotoGP racing from 2015.

Suzuki Motor Corporation will feed back advanced technology to be derived through MotoGP racing activity to develop further attractive production models.

The outline of testing team and racing machine to be developed are as follows:

Chief members of Europe testing team in 2013:
- Team manager: Davide Brivio
- Development rider: Randy De Puniet

MotoGP machine to be developed:
- 1000cc In-line four GP racer
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