Suzuki confirm Espargaro, Vinales & Valencia wildcard

Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 30 Sep 2014

Suzuki confirm their MotoGP return

Suzuki has finally confirmed they will return to MotoGP in 2015 with Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales aboard the all new Suzuki GSX-RR.

Making the announcement at the INTERMOT show in Cologne, Team Manager, Davide Brivio said Suzuki are building for the future and will endeavour to achieve the best results possible with their brand new bike.

Aleix Espargaro will move into the outfit from the Forward Racing squad, the Spaniard took his debut podium in the MotoGP class last weekend in Spain. He’ll be joined by rookie Maverick Vinales, who steps up to the premier class after just one year in Moto2. The Spaniard has recently secured the Moto2 rookie of the year title and is on course to become the most successful Moto2 rookie ever.

Suzuki will also make a wildcard appearance in the final round of the 2014 season at Valencia with development rider Randy de Puniet, who is tipped to continue in his role next season while also joining Alex Lowes in the Crescent Suzuki World Superbike outfit.

Espargaro and Vinales will get their first taste of the GSX-RR in the traditional Valencia post-race test.

“Although we have seen the Suzuki MotoGP project for a few years now, we have changed the philosophy and developed a new inline four engine” said Brivio. “Although we understand the challenge, we are in a good place to get ready for the next season. We are proud to announce that the bike will be called the GSX-RR. Having a bike is one thing but we need the right riders and I am delighted to say that in 2015 we will have Aleix Espargaro who showed his potential with a second place at the weekend and we believe he is now ready to step up to a factory team. Maverick Vinales will be our second rider, despite being young he is a great talent for the future.”